Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-7) vs Kennesaw State Owls (4-7)
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
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1. Maintain enjoying by means of Walker
A method head coach Fred Hoiberg tried to vary up Nebraska’s offense final week was by making Derrick Walker the centerpiece of the half-court offense.
The plan was to get Walker the ball within the excessive publish and let him facilitate as a passer whereas additionally in search of extra methods to get him the ball close to the basket.
The thought was good in concept, nevertheless it was executed terribly. Lots of that needed to do with how aggressive and disruptive Kansas State’s protection was on the ball.
The Wildcats made it troublesome for NU’s ball handlers even to provoke the offense, and when Walker did get the ball, they swarmed him and compelled him into six turnovers.
Kennesaw State may cause issues defensively and forces a mean of 15.5 turnovers per sport and eight.6 steals per sport. However Nebraska nonetheless wants to search out methods to run the offense by means of Walker as a lot as potential.
2. Win the free-throw line
Nebraska is never the larger and stronger staff, however will probably be tonight, and it must play prefer it.
For a staff struggling so badly to make photographs, the Huskers must make a concerted effort to assault the rim, draw fouls tonight, and make hay on the free-throw line.
Practically 21 % (20.7) of NU’s complete factors this season have come on free throws, which ranks 57th nationally. Final trip in opposition to Kansas State, Nebraska acquired to the road simply seven occasions within the first half regardless of racking up fouls on the Wildcats early.
Walker, Bryce McGowens, and Alonzo Verge have to be the aggressors and power the difficulty on the basket from begin to end.
3. Regain some confidence
Having dropped to 5-7 on the season and dropping 5 in a row coming in, Nebraska has by no means been extra determined for one thing to be ok with than it’s tonight.
Kennesaw State isn’t any pushover, because it gave Creighton (51-44) and Iowa State (84-73) all they might deal with earlier this season.
However every little thing is on the road for the Huskers to try to construct any semblance of momentum going into the vacation break.
Tonight is NU’s final probability to place all of it collectively and get a win earlier than the grind of 18 straight Large Ten video games kicks off subsequent month. This is a chance that Nebraska can’t afford to overlook.
Nebraska (-11.5) 80, Kennesaw State 71
Robin’s season file: 9-3
vs. the unfold: 8-4