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Quotes to Note:
"As I told the team during several timeouts and at halftime, I don't even recognize what we're doing. If I don't, your teammates surely can't." – Doc Sadler
"You get beat at home and hold the team to 55 points. Maybe all the talk by me and everybody else about how good our offense and how efficient we are- I think it is, but not when it's selfish. That's on me, that's on me."- Doc Sadler
What can be said that's not already been said about this Nebraska basketball team? Just when something appears to be clicking, it falls apart.
Since the USC double over-time win, the Huskers have shown the ability to score – making many believe this wasn't just going to be the same type of Doc Sadler teams of the past.
But tonight Nebraska lost 55-53 at home. Granted they weren't played South Dakota State, Wake Forest might not be picked to win the ACC, but they are a team full of highly recruited players. But tonight's Nebraska offense was bad. All you have to do is look at one Doc Sadler quote and you can tell he agreed.
Forced jumpers after long three pointers doomed this team from the start. Brian Jorge Diaz was 6-for-10 inside, Nebraska had 30 points in the paint, but never seemed to really make it a point to go inside. That's on the guards.
"We had plans to go inside and we thought that was our advantage, and we come out and shot 23 threes," said a disappointed Sadler after the contest. The Huskers to top it off only shot 26 percent from long range.
So it's back to the drawing table on offense. The good news is, despite giving up a wide-open layup with three seconds left, the defense wasn't horrible tonight holding an ACC team to just 55 points.
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I have to give Husker fans a hand tonight, another strong showing of just over 8,000 in attendance.
The fans were loud, although not always at the right times in my opinion. But at the end of the game, their presence was felt. It's just this is Wake Forest. They see better atmospheres night in and night out in the ACC.
Missing their new go-to guys
Bo Spencer and Dylan Talley went a combined 6-for-20 tonight, attempting only two free throws combined. Nebraska won't win many games with their production that low, it's surprising actually they were in this one.
Talley especially – the junior went 2-for-7 missing all three of his three pointers. The most concerning stat - he played 29 minutes, his longest stretch of the season.