Keys to the Game: Rhode Island at Nebraska

Doc Sadler and the Nebraska Cornhuskers look to start the season 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. Come inside as Big Red Report breaks it down.

Ride the Momentum

After their tremendous, yet nerve-wracking double-overtime win over USC, the Huskers are filled with confidence. However, with all that assurance emerges the risk of being too confident. Their opponent Sunday, Rhode Island, had a successful campaign last season, going 20-14 and reaching the second round of the CBI tournament.

To add to that, the Rams average 90 PPG this season, which will test a Nebraska defense that has only allowed 97 points in regulation during their first two games this season. Rhode Island doesn't receive much attention because of where they play (the A-10), but they can certainly compete despite their 0-2 record this season.

Getting an early lead and building upon it will be crucial for the Huskers. The longer they let the Rams hang around, the higher the risk of an upset occurring.


Entering their third game of the season, the Huskers have been quite effective from behind the arc, shooting .471% from deep while holding their opponents to just .273%. So far this season, the Rams are shooting just .300%.

The reason for Nebraska's success from three-point range is the sharpshooting being displayed by Brandon Richardson, who is 7-8 (.857) from behind the arc. For Nebraska's sake, the longer Richardson maintains his hot hand, the easier it will be for them as they open up their five game schedule against opponents that won 18 or more games a year ago.

28 and Counting

Dating back to December 30, 2008, the Huskers have won 28 straight non-conference games. Since Doc Sadler took the reigns as head coach, Nebraska has compiled an astonishing 49-1 home record.

With a lot of confidence coming off of their double-OT win, the one thing that could help them from suffering from "over-confidence" is the support of their hometown fans and the comforts of playing at the Devaney Center.

Did You Know *Bo Spencer needs just 58 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

*Nebraska's overtime win was the Huskers' first on the road since an 87-82 (Feb. 17, 2001 at Colorado).

*This is the first meeting between Nebraska and Rhode Island. Nebraska has four opponents on their schedule that they have never played before in school history.

Phillippi's Player to Watch – Brandon Richardson

His hot hand from behind-the-arc makes him the most dangerous player on the floor.

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