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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers beat Mary 70-38

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Huskers dominate Division II University of Mary and start the season 2-0.

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Nebraska basketball took care of business again on Tuesday night beating University of Mary. The Huskers never trailed in this game and dominated the entire way. This was to be expected of course but the offense did have issues throughout the game. The Mary 2-3 zone caused some problems throughout the game. This win counts for their record but not for their RPI.

The Good

This was a good game for the defense, only holding Mary to 38 points. Mary only scored 16 points in the first half too. Nebraska also held Mary to 28% shooting in this game. The defense is going to be key this season for the Huskers. If Nebraska wants to win the close games, the defense needs to perform well. The offense id going to be the biggest problem for this team, but it is still early for this team. They can still find their offense!

The Bad

Nebraska basketball has always been known for their scoring droughts. That has been their biggest problem as a team for 10 years or so. That was again the case in this game and against a DII school, that is bad news. Nebraska went about 5 minutes without scoring a bucket. Husker fans should’t panic just yet, it was only the second game of the season. Nebraska will need to find some offense before The Woodland Classic next week. Teams like Dayton, UCLA and Texas A&M are in this tournament. Huskers non-conference schedule is about to get tough.

Who Said It?

I asked Tim Miles what he does when the offense struggles during the game.

“You try to get to the foul line and we didn't do that at all in the first half. I think you have to find other ways to score. I wasn’t happy with our transition spacing. You have to space the floor in transition, that’s something we have to improve on,” he said.

What’s Next?

Nebraska plays Louisiana Tech on Saturday night. Louisiana Tech isn’t a horrible team and could be a legitimate challenge for the Huskers. Nebraska will need to get another win before the Woodland Classic, that starts on Thanksgiving. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on ESPN3.