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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Defeat Sacramento State 83-61

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Nebraska gets past a rough first half and dominates for their first win of the season.

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Nebraska basketball starts off their 2016 season win a comfortable win. Well comfortable in the second half that is. Nebraska struggled on both ends of the court in the first half, only taking a three point lead into halftime. But they picked it up in the second half and won by 22 points.

The Good

Glynn Watson had his best game of his career Saturday night. Watson helped this team offensively by scoring a career high 23 points. He also had three 3-pointers and 5 rebounds too. Watson shot 9-14 from the field, capping off a very impressive night. Tai Webster also had a very good game scoring 20 points of his own. Webster was 7-12 from the field, a pretty good night for the senior leader. Ed Morrow had 15 points and Jack McVeigh had 14 points. McVeigh shot 3-5 from beyond the arc. If Nebraska can share the ball and the scoring this season, they could end up actually competing in the Big Ten. But the offense has got to stay consistent, if it doesn’t then this could be a long season for the Huskers.

The Bad

Nebraska’s first half was just plain bad. The Huskers missed easy layups, missed free throws and kept Sacramento State in the game. Remember, these Hornets just lost to Colorado on Friday night by 37 points. This game should have never been close but it was in the first half. The Huskers couldn’t get out of their own way with missed shots and turnovers. Sacramento State also had a technical foul in the second half, which really changed this game for the Huskers. Nebraska can’t count on that down the road. On the bright side, it was only the first game. There was definitely some nerves, especially for the young guys. It needs to get better because there are some very tough games on this non-conference schedule.

They Said It

“We set the tone early, then we were rushing on offense. There was no poise. The reason we missed 12 shots because they weren't very good shots. You have to have poise, balance and aggressiveness. It just felt like we were playing mindless basketball.” Tim Miles on the rough first half.

What’s Next?

Nebraska looks to start the season 2-0 on Tuesday night. They will be playing The University of Mary, a team Tim Miles used to coach. This is a Division II school, so it will count towards the record but not Nebraska’s RPI. Nebraska should dominate again, expect what you saw from Chadron State again on Tuesday night.