The number is 28 to be exact. We are not talking about a Wisconsin matchup on he road here, but more like a NAIA school that doesn't feature one player who could be on scholarship at Nebraska.
Tonight was the first night they had a chance to show they can accomplish this – it didn't happen. Bo Spencer chalked it up to first game nerves, maybe that's the case. But Doane College had 10 less turnovers than the Huskers – a team that should have been bothered by a longer, more athletic, Nebraska squad. It's concerning, but can be fixed.
Spencer can be good as advertised…
I'm new to Nebraska basketball, so I must admit that I'm probably a little more optimistic than most. When talking with other writers today, I was telling them how much I liked Bo Spencer, how much I think he could be a game changer. He did after-all average 14 points a game in the SEC.
They reminded me the SEC Conference in hoops is not very good and that Nebraska has had guys labeled a game changer before – saying they never have panned out.
I think Spencer is different.
You can see on the court that he is a real floor general, looking for his opportunities to score, but first looking to make his teammates better. Tonight he had an off night shooting, going 3-9 for nine points and four assists. He also turned over the ball three times, but it was the norm for the whole team.
All I'm saying is I have seen some good basketball in my career. He's the real deal and I look forward to seeing him down the road once he gets a little more chemistry with this team.
Niemann proves healthy enough to go…
Nebraska has been hoping so far early this season that Christopher Niemann could give the Huskers just 10 to 12 minutes a game.
So far so good.
Niemann played 12 minutes tonight, 12 minutes that Coach Sadler called very productive. The junior had eight points and one rebound, showing effectiveness in post.
But, in the future Sadler and crew will have to protect Niemann in the post on defense. He's going to be able to bang with big posts, but against teams that have longer, speedy, athletic post guys, he will struggle. It was evident that when Doane popped out a post player to about 10 feet on the baseline – Niemann was going to struggle to keep him in front.
I think it's going to be one of those situations where one night he plays two minutes and the next 15.
* Senior Toney McCray missed tonight's game with a toenail problem. McCray had it removed some time last week and practiced on Saturday – but was suffering too much pain to play tonight. Probably about a full week away to being completely healthy is my guess.
* Josiah Moore gave Nebraska something to think about tonight. The freshman only played about four minutes, but had two points and four rebounds. He did commit four turnovers, but was a little excited on the offensive end. The plan I believe was to redshirt him (he can only play in the exhibition), but now they have something to think about – he's a spark plug.
* Nebraska only shot 26% from three-point land, something that disappointed Coach Sadler. The sixth year head coach says Nebraska has been shooting well from deep in practice.
* Brian Jorge Diaz had four blocks to go along with his nine points.