The game will be the first for new head coach Tim Miles, who saw his squad win their only exhibition game of the season on Wednesday night. Last year Miles led the Colorado State Rams to a 20-12 (8-6) record, which included wins over three ranked teams.
Last year the Huskers finished the year 12-18 overall, which did not include a post-season berth. Doc Sadler was fired as head coach after the season.
Led by head coach Roman Banks, the Jaguars of Southern University come into the season after a 17-14 last year. Southern finished second in the conference behind Mississippi Valley State. Leading scorer last season, Derick Beltran, graduated but the Jaguars return their second leading scorer, Quinton Doggett who averaged 12.3 ppg. in 2011-12. Doggett also led the team in rebounds with 7.8 per contest.
One player who really shined in Nebraska's exhibition game on Wednesday night was sophomore David Rivers. Rivers scored nine points and also pulled down five rebounds. Miles gave Rivers high praise after the 68-40 win over Midland University.
"David's been a pleasant surprise," said Miles. "David's been a guy that has came in and been more productive then some of our upperclassmen."
Rivers knew that he played well, but knows this team has a long way to go.
"It is not really a lot of [changes]. Mainly it is a lot of details," said the second year player. "You have to really pay attention to the details. The small things really come up big."
Despite what looked like a lopsided win on the scoreboard, Miles wished that his debut would have gone smoother than it did.
"You are always grateful to win. It's my first game on the job, and I get booed out of the gym for not getting Runzas for everybody," Miles added. "I thought defensively we were okay, and we should've been okay. We had to make some adjustments and that's always good when you have to get your guys to make adjustments and not just do base stuff that we talked about in practice."
This will be the first time Southern and Nebraska have met on the basketball court.
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