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Nebrasketball Game #9: @ Minnesota- Wednesday, December 5 8:00 PM (BTN)

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When: 8:00 p.m. Wednesday

 

Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

TV: BTN

 

Radio: 590 AM (Omaha) 1400 AM (Lincoln)

 

Online stream: BTN Plus

 

Opponent preview

 

2018-19 record: 6-2

 

Offensive efficiency (KenPom): 69th

 

Defensive efficiency (KenPom): 59th

 

Trending: Stagnant. Minnesota is 6-2 but have lost two of their last three games to Boston College and Ohio State. Both by double digits. This is the sixth year of the Richard Pitino experiment, and the pressure is starting to mount after last seasons 15-17 season.

 

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Huge game.  McBrayer for MN just lost his mom yesterday.  He is expected to play per Pitino.  Never like to see that news.  It will be interesting to see how he plays or if their team will rally around him.  In any case it will be an emotional game for MN.  This is a must win for us if we want to be taken seriously.  MN is a good, not great team that is very beatable.  These are the games we can’t afford to lose.  Let’s get another W at the barn.  

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13 minutes ago, Blackshirts007 said:

Huge game.  McBrayer for MN just lost his mom yesterday.  He is expected to play per Pitino.  Never like to see that news.  It will be interesting to see how he plays or if their team will rally around him.  In any case it will be an emotional game for MN.  This is a must win for us if we want to be taken seriously.  MN is a good, not great team that is very beatable.  These are the games we can’t afford to lose.  Let’s get another W at the barn.  

That is really sad to hear. 

 

Minnesota is pretty young but they excel down low. We are going to have to really work our tails off to get rebounds or shoot lights out.

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17 hours ago, Blackshirts007 said:

Huge game.  McBrayer for MN just lost his mom yesterday.  He is expected to play per Pitino.  Never like to see that news.  It will be interesting to see how he plays or if their team will rally around him.  In any case it will be an emotional game for MN.  This is a must win for us if we want to be taken seriously.  MN is a good, not great team that is very beatable.  These are the games we can’t afford to lose.  Let’s get another W at the barn.  

That is really sad and I feel for the kid.  I hate these situations for so many reasons.  First of all, I wish no kid his age has to go through that.


But....as far as basketball, tonight's outcome could be very different than it normally would be because of this.  Minnesota comes out ultra motivated, play out of their asses and win.  Great for them.  Problem is, in March, nobody remembers why they played out of their asses.  

 

Hopefully Nebraska comes out and takes care of business.

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No one is quite sure who wrote the word “Minnesota” on the whiteboard immediately after Nebraska’s win over Illinois on Sunday.

 

No one really seems to care. Because the message is clear.

 

“I know we’re not peeking ahead,” said coach Tim Miles, whose team hosts Creighton on Saturday. “I know that our sights are firmly on Minnesota.”

 

And they should be, Miles said. Though the Gophers are coming off a 79-59 loss at Ohio State on Sunday, they’re still 6-2 and they do some things well, like getting to the foul line.

 

They’re also becoming more of a threat from 3-point range. Though Nebraska is eighth in the country in 3-point defense, Illinois shot 40 percent from 3 in Nebraska’s last game, and

 

Minnesota averages six made 3s per game.

 

With 6-foot-7 Jordan Murphy, who averages 14.6 points and 12 rebounds per game, and 6-foot-8 Amir Coffey (14.3 points), this game will be a fight in the paint, Miles said.

 

“This is an important game for us. Minnesota is going to be aggressive,” Miles said. “They’re coming off of two of three losses and haven’t played at home for a long time, so our guys will have to be ready to meet that challenge.”

 

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Did some research with on Gopher board. This was a post after the scrimmage with Creighton early in the year, so this is a bit dated but:

Below is a breakdown of where I think we stand after our Creighton and Maroon/Gold scrimmage. Lots of positives and negatives of course. We have a long way to go but I still see a lot of good things! Keep in mind both the Creighton and Maroon/Gold scrimmages aren't truly an indicator but we can still get some good information and data from it. The one thing I always try to do when evaluating our team is be truthful. My grades are pretty low right now. That's okay, we will get better. Seven new guys and another surgery to Eric Curry means it's going to take some time. 

Offense: C-
Half court execution has been pretty good at times. We are moving the ball well but still need to flow better. I have put an emphasis on getting the ball up the court quickly and trying to feed to post early. We still have a long way to go in that category. Our shot selection won't cut it. We tend to take a lot of shots that we want our opponents to take. We are 3-for-29 on challenged shots in our first two games. That's 10 percent! That's a losing formula. 33 missed screens vs. Creighton and 52 total missed screens in the Maroon/Gold scrimmage. 13 assists and 15 turnovers is no good vs. Creighton. 

Defense: D- 
The goal is always 35-plus deflections per game. Creighton we had 29 and Maroon/Gold we had 22. To our defense the Maroon/Gold scrimmage wasn't the total length of a real game but still we are not active and disruptive enough. Transition defense has been a big point of emphasis in the preseason. We have to communicate better. We also allowed the ball into the post way too much. 3-point field goal defense has been solid but we still have to get out there quicker and take away the attempt.

Rebounding: C-
Too many missed blockouts for the defense. We chart offensive rebounding opportunities every game. We went 70 percent of the time vs. Creighton and 59 percent of the time in our Maroon/Gold scrimmage. Rebounding is a mentality. We know we can't win in the Big Ten if we don't control the boards.

95%: C- 
What's 95%? This percentage is something we talk often about as it pertains to what goes into winning. These are all the little things that have nothing to do with what most players care about. The ball. Most players have the ball in their hands 5 percent of the game. What you do with the other 95 percent is vital in winning. We aren't huddling often enough on the court when we get the opportunity to do so. Our attitude is good but we can still fuel each other more on the court with positive body language and energy. We need to tighten up big time in this area. This is probably more important than any of the other categories!

I Practice Harder Than You Jersey Update
We chart stats in every practice and do a plus/minus system at the end of every day. It's really helped our guys compete and stay engaged. The winner gets a grey jersey every week that has the words "I practice harder than you" on it. The bottom four does extra conditioning at the end of the week. Below are the winners. I'll keep the bottom four in house. It's amazing how consistent the winners and losers are.
Week 1 - Amir Coffey
Week 2 - Payton Willis, Jordan Murphy
Week 3 - Jordan Murphy
Week 4 - Amir Coffey
Week 5 - Jordan Murphy

Injury Update
Unfortunately Eric Curry had to have another surgery and will be out four to six weeks. I can't stress how important Eric is to our team. We need him back healthy and better than ever! It's going to be a very challenging November without him. Everyone else is going to have to step up. 

Roster Breakdown
Dupree McBrayer - Missed the Maroon/Gold scrimmage due to a family emergency back home. Rebounded the ball well vs. Creighton with six rebounds. Zero assists, two turnovers is no good. He's playing hard and showing great leadership. He's primed for a big senior year. 

Jordan Murphy - Murph is playing at a high level and has been really productive on both ends. Needs to block out better on defense and screen better on offense. Becoming unstoppable down low.

Amir Coffey - Was very good in the Maroon/Gold scrimmage. Have played him multiple positions and he has transitioned smoothly. Everyone talks about how underrated Jordan Murphy is all the time. He is but what about Amir??? Big season ahead!

Gabe Kalscheur - Has been a pleasant surprise. Gabe is all business on the court and it shows. Was terrific vs. Creighton. Very physical for a freshman. Has to stay out of foul trouble. More than just a shooter. 

Eric Curry - Unfortunately had to have surgery again and will miss the next four to six weeks. Huge blow for our team. We will eagerly await his return. Feel so bad for Eric because he worked so hard to get back. He has to keep the faith and stay positive. We will stay on him!

Isaiah Washington - Improving on offense. Really advances the ball well up the court. Has to work on turnovers and shot selection. Love when he's attacking downhill to the rim. I can definitely see progress. Defensively he still has a long way to go.

Jarvis Omersa - Plays so hard! Love how physical he is. Jarvis has amazing leadership qualities on the court. He can really make a difference in that category. Future is very bright. 

Daniel Oturu - Very good in both games. Very efficient on the block. Has to sprint the court more. Love his timing when he blocks shots. Going to be thrust into a bigger role while Eric is out. We need him to be ready!

Brock Stull - Still getting back in game shape and learning the system. Every rep in practice is important for Brock. Very good shot fake and passer. Smart player! Has to be patient offensively and trust it will come. 

Matz Stockman - Had an impressive Maroon/Gold scrimmage. Eight for 12 for 19 points is obviously good. Still has to get in better shape and sprint the court better. He can help us!

Michael Hurt - Has really improved. Doing all the little things and hitting shots. Love how hard he is competing. He's playing like a veteran. We need that!

Marcus Carr - Still waiting to hear word on his waiver from the NCAA. Hopefully we will hear something before the season starts. We are optimistic that we will receive good news. Marcus is a game changer. Competes on both ends and is very confident on the court. Battle tested. Winner!

Payton Willis - Payton, along with Marcus, wasn't allowed to travel with us to Creighton. Payton has been very impressive in practice! Love his shot making ability and overall skill. 

Brady Rudrud - Missed some time due to illness but back feeling better. Can provide great leadership on our team.

Hunt Conroy - Obnoxious New Orleans Saints fan. 

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Now that the season has started, Big 3 are Jordan Murphy, Amir Coffey and Gabe Kalscheur.

 

They struggle at PG. Coffey doesnt have great dribbling skills but has been playing the Point for them.

 

Gabe Kalscheur can shoot. He scored 0 points in his last game but did shoot 7-12 from 3 against Santa Clara. Shooting 53% on the year. 

 

Still not sure if Dupree McBrayer will play tonight. Eric Curry is close to returning but no indication that he will play tonight. Curry had a small knee surgery 5 weeks ago and was expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Was out all of last year but did play a decent amount in 16-17.

 

Gophers looked bad against Ohio State so they will be looking to prove themselves and are back at home. 

 

Need to control Murphy and Oturu. Those two guys could give us a lot of trouble. Murphy has had double digit rebounds in all but 2 games. He also has been in foul trouble quite a bit. 

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This is an interesting match up...

 

I predict poor shooting from both teams with an edge on the glass to Minny.  

 

I see something like 68-66 type of game and I think the Huskers are ready to win a road game like this.

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7 minutes ago, teachercd said:

This is an interesting match up...

 

I predict poor shooting from both teams with an edge on the glass to Minny.  

 

I see something like 68-66 type of game and I think the Huskers are ready to win a road game like this.

68-66 with 5 min. to go and Miles will go to the trapping press and Huskers win 76-68.

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7 minutes ago, SouthLincoln Husker said:

68-66 with 5 min. to go and Miles will go to the trapping press and Huskers win 76-68.

I still don't know why he doesn't do that more often but he must have his reasons.

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3 minutes ago, teachercd said:

I still don't know why he doesn't do that more often but he must have his reasons.

Depends on the foul situation, I would guess.  Not sure if he would want to press and risk fouls if they are over the limit and shooting FT's.

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Murphy and their posts will cause all sorts of problems.  If Miles stays stubborn and stocks in man defense this could be a double digit loss.  1-2-2, 3/4 court trap back into the 1-3-1 could hugely benefit the team tonight.

 

 

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And now the segment of the game where forced long jumpers at the end of the shot clock

 

Amazing how quickly a lead goes away when this segment occurs.  Limiting the second chance points would also benefit the cause

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1 minute ago, SouthLincoln Husker said:

Heiman needs to be the first big man of the bench

Need to feed him the ball more.

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V-Card(heimann) is playing huge right now.  8 big points against their posts with four of them coming off offensive boards.

 

I hope they go after Coffey right after half and show some fight on the defensive glass

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Going to be a dogfight.  Coffey is locked in and they’ll make a run in the 2nd half.  Stay poised and get out with a W.  We are the better team.  

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15 minutes ago, PaulCrewe said:

V-Card(heimann) is playing huge right now.  8 big points against their posts with four of them coming off offensive boards.

 

I hope they go after Coffey right after half and show some fight on the defensive glass

 

Just drive at Coffey and get him his 4th and we are good. 

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Man Big 10 officials there missed calls last 4 possessions that are blatant and then blow the whistle late only after the basket is missed.

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At first I thought I had to adjust the contrast on my tv after seeing this floor for a bit.  

 

In all seriousness I feel for McBrayer of Minnesota.  They showed him earlier and you could see it on his face how heavy his heart was.  

 

 

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I hate when Palmer jump shoots the opponents back into the game.  Go at the rim especially when those jumpers are coming early in the shot clock 

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2 minutes ago, PaulCrewe said:

I hate when Palmer jump shoots the opponents back into the game.  Go at the rim especially when those jumpers are coming early in the shot clock 

There double team him.   He needs to drive & pass.

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