Date: Sunday, December 18th - 1:00pm - Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE
2015-16 Record: 17-16 (10-8 Big South Conference)
2016-17 Record: 6-5
Head Coach: Tim Craft (4th Year)
Nebraska heads back to Lincoln after a long stretch of games to take on the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb. Why are they called the Runnin’ Bulldogs instead of just regular bulldogs? I’m not exactly sure. Have you seen a bulldog run? It’s surely fun to watch to say the least. Though, I’m not sure I would name my team after it.
Anyway, the bulldogs bring a 6-5 schedule into Lincoln. They have played some decent teams but have had zero wins against anyone of note. The year started out with back to back blowouts from Southern Methodist, Pitt, and Eastern Michigan. Georgia came along and also beat them up pretty well. Not too much to write home about but teams need to schedule opponents. They did have a close 65-67 loss to Furman a week ago.
As for their wins, I’m not sure we will be seeing anything that will give us any insight to their talent either. They’ve taken home blowouts to schools such as Coker, Toccoa Falls, and Warren Wilson. These aren’t exactly teams that bring out the masses. Or the television audience mind you. Yes, I also had to look up where these schools were too.
They are lead by 6’2” guard David Efianayi who is putting up 13.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg. Not to bad for a guy who plays off the bench. David did not play in the last game against Warren Wilson so it will be interesting to see if he sees the court.
He is followed up by point guard Laquincy Rideau. The 6’1” sophomore is averaging 13.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 4.9 apg. Laquincy is probably their best all around player and will most likely be the one to test the Huskers the most on Sunday.
Tyrell Nelson is their 6’7” forward who is their last double digit scorer bringing in 12.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg. He was also came in as runner up as the Big South’s preseason player of the year. While he’s not the biggest forward out there he has been able to make up for it with his athleticism. Not that it should matter against Nebraska but if the Huskers forget about him he could become a problem if the Big Red goes into another scoring drought.
Nebraska has been tested a lot over the past few week and this game should be a reprieve. Hopefully they do not have too many scoring droughts which have plagued the team for as long as I can remember now. Expect a win, whether it’s pretty or not.