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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Shock Purdue 83-80

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Nebrasketball snaps their 5 game losing streak against Purdue.

David McGee

Nebraska finally gets a much needed win. Even without Ed Morrow once again, the Huskers were able to sneak past Purdue. This was a huge win for Nebraska because of the schedule. This five game stretch Nebraska is in is absolutely brutal. At Northwestern, vs Purdue, vs Michigan State, At Iowa and Vs Wisconsin. So far, Nebraska is 1-1 in the stretch. Next up is Michigan State, a team Tim Miles knows how to beat. Nebraska has won the last three games against Michigan State. This will be another tough game but if the Huskers can play like they did on Sunday, they could win that game too.

The Good

First off, Nebraska got the win! What’s better than that? After that five game losing streak, winning a game was the most important thing right now. This will surely help the confidence of this team going forward. The Huskers shot 9-17 from three point range which is just over 50%. If Nebraska can continue to shoot like that from beyond the arc, they will surely win some more games down the stretch this season. Jack McVeigh led with 21 points off the bench. He played arguably his best game of his career on Sunday afternoon. He shot 4-6 from three point land. Tai Webster had 15 points too. He did play hurt throughout the second half but was able to fight through it. This was a good game all around for the offense. The surprise of the day? Jeremiah Horne had 16 points off the bench too!

The Bad

Purdue shot even better from three point land. They shot 14-24 from three. This has been a significant problem for the Nebraska defense this season. It has cost them a few games this year. I know this team works on their perimeter defense and losing Anton Gill hurt, but it continues to be a problem and needs to be fixed. Dakota Mathias led the way with 19 points for Purdue. Caleb Swanigan had 14 points too, he is one of the best players in the Big Ten this season. Nebraska was better from the free throw line in this game, going 18-24. That is a big improvement from the last few games.

What Is Next?

As mentioned before, Nebraska’s next game is on Thursday night against Michigan State. Tip-off is at 6:00PM and can be seen on ESPN.

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