The Huskers played the Iowa State Cyclones in a “secret scrimmage” on Sunday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Nebraska ended up pulling away with a 92-84 win. A nice end result against a team that went 24-11 last year and finished the season ranked in the top 25.
Most teams do these scrimmages once or twice before the season starts. It’s a good time to work on play and get some kinks out. The Huskers seemed to do just that on Sunday.
Iowa State played Nebraska close for most of the game and the lead went back and fourth throughout. However, hot shooting and a strong defense pulled the victory in favor of the Huskers.
University of Miami Transfer James Palmer lead the squad with 23 points. The 6’6” junior is talented guard who played on a very deep Hurricane team before he decided to transfer to Lincoln. Expect to see more of his name once the season picks up. His shooting will not go unnoticed.
Behind James was junior Glynn Watson Jr. with 19 points. Glynn is Nebraska number one returning scorer from last year. He should also see some improvement with the incoming talent that has transferred in. Jack McVeigh also ended the game in double digits with 17 points.
Nebraska finished the game hitting 52% from the floor. Huge for just an exhibition as this is a team that was shooting just 41% all of last season. Again, this was just an exhibition but it should give us an idea of what improvement, if any, is coming this season.