Notebook: Huskers move to 4-1

Playing days after Thanksgiving is tough, energy can be absent. In their fourth game in 13 days, Nebraska gutted out a 76-64 over South Dakota State. Come inside

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Notes

* Starter Caleb Walker only played 12 minutes – suffering from a sickness

* Toney McCray played a season high 24 minutes, scoring 12 points and adding six rebounds

* Freshman David Rivers played 18 minutes, scoring eight points after only playing eight minutes all year.

Scoring is always more fun than defense…

The last two games, Nebraska has scored 76 points in each contest. A team that has for years been built around defense is showing they can put points on the board.

Attendance isn't dictated usually by style of play, but more by wins. But for a team who is not at the top of their conference – fans usually would rather watch a team who can score.

Credit Doc Sadler for wanting to push it more, credit it to seniors who have learned how to beat defenses, or credit Bo Spencer and Dylan Talley who have become instant offense. Whatever the case, this Nebraska team is fun to watch.

Filling the void

With starter Caleb Walker's minutes cut in half his 10 points non-existent tonight, Nebraska needed multiple players to step up and fill the void.

It's easy to understand how Caleb Walker did it, he's done it before. But an unexpected contributor was freshman David Rivers. Rivers recorded eight points and five boards in 18 minutes – ten more minutes than he had played all season.


The quiet near double-double

Early in the season I wrote that I thought Brandon Ubel could be a major factor on this team's success this season.

It's clear the junior has improved and he showed another good effort today – scoring 12 points and adding eight rebounds.

On a day where Brian Diaz struggled, it was Ubel that was the force inside, only missing two shots.

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