Huskers hang a hundred on McNeese State in opener
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - What a difference a year makes, the Huskers blow the doors off McNeese State 102-55. Six players in double figures and all six were making their Nebraska debut.
The 47 point win is a sharp contrast to the opener last season when NU lost to UC Riverside.
Nebraska’s 102 points was the Huskers’ highest point total since scoring 106 against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 6, 2018. It is the 42nd time Nebraska has scored 100 points in a game (38-4 record). The Huskers forced 27 turnovers, including 16 steals. Six players finished with multiple steals and Nebraska turned the 27 turnovers into 43 points.
“I knew we would come out and compete. That I was absolutely confident in. How you come out with jitters and that type of thing in the first real game setting. You just don’t know how that will go down but I was very confident that we would come out and compete. That’s just what this group is made of. I was really impressed on how we came out and shared the ball early. 12 assists on our first 16 baskets was great. 19 assists overall and 10 turnovers. I thought we did a really good job for the most part of making simple plays and taking care of the basketball,” said Head Coach Fred Hoiberg.
The 102 points is what people will likely remember but the defense brought it as well.
“I thought the activity level on the defense was exactly where we needed it. I thought our guys had great hands. We had some deflections that led to some runouts and that’s what gets your confidence going when you can deflect balls and get into your transition game and get easy baskets. That makes everything else easier. So to see 43 off of turnovers. 29 on the break, that’s a great sign. That’s going to be something we have to do because again we aren’t going to be the biggest team here for the first half of the season so we are going to have to find a way to manufacture points get deflections and hopefully we get some transition baskets,” said Hoiberg.
Game two tomorrow for the Huskers in Golden Window Classic will be against Nevada, a team that beat North Dakota State 62-48 in the second half of the doubleheader at Pinnacle Bank Arena. That’s a 1p.m. tip on Thanksgiving.
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