Huskers prep for Creighton

Nebraska knows it will have to slow down the Bluejays All-American.


Only nine games into his tenure as head coach, Tim Miles will face, by far, his toughest task. The No. 13 ranked Creighton Blue Jays will play at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday night. Miles has never beaten Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, but Thursday maybe he best chance.

"It's going to be a true test of where were at," said Miles. "Greg's done a really nice job with that team, it's going to take a great team effort."

The Huskers 6-1 start has been a surprise to many, and after a great crowd against USC, it is expected that the Devaney will be packed. As of Wednesday afternoon there are only 1,000 tickets remaining.

"I don't think anyone expected us to be in this position," said Miles. "They're highly acclaimed for a reason, its going to be a tough match up for us."


Dough McDermott is one of the most athletic and versatile players in the country. Turning down multiple offers to play for his father, Doug has solidified himself as one of the most dominant players in the country.

"Doug's an incredible player," said Miles. "He's an All-American player for a reason the Larry Bird comparisons are there for a reason. It's going to take a village, it's going to take the entire team, not just one guy."

Thursday night, Brandon Ubel will draw the task of trying to slow down McDermott initially.

"It's always fun," Ubel said of taking on McDermott. "I got to go against (USC's Dewayne) Dedmon last week and now McDermott, it's fun. I have gotten a chance to play a lot of guys, but he's probably towards the top of that list.

"He does a really good job of getting angles in the post, sort of baiting you to think you are going to steal the pass. He obviously does a good job scoring in all three ways."


In one of the most anticipated recruiting visits that the Nebraska basketball program has ever had, New Zealand superstar Tai Webster, visited Lincoln for the USC game, and officially signed his letter of intent the next day. Webster is a versatile guard who can get to the basket and also create is own shot. Miles talked a little bit about Webster's commitment on Wednesday morning.

"Getting Tai to sign was important for us," said Miles. He's a really good player. Tai can score, drive, find people, and can really shoot it."

Not only did the coaches know who was in town, but the students also took notice.

"He loved it, its so different from international players, I think he's really in love with the places," said Miles. "I guess he really liked the fact when the students chanted ‘We want Webster.'"

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