LINCOLN, Neb. - After a 19 point win over Northern Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, No. 21 Nebraska (1-0) hits the hard-court on a quick turnaround Tuesday night against Central Arkansas (0-2).
After a lackluster exhibition, Nebraska’s efficiency on the offensive end gratly improved against the Norse on Sunday.
“It was patience,” said Nebraska forward Terann Petteway. “In the exhibition game, we were forcing things, not taking what the defense was giving us so we were patient today and that’s why we put up those points.”
Petteway on Monday was named to the Wooden Award Watch list, a postseason award given to the nations top player. The Huskers haven’t had a player on the list since Aleks Marci in 2007.
Tuesday’s contest will be the second game for Nebraska freshman Tarin Smith (pictured above), who recorded six points and an assist in 16 minutes of play on Sunday.
"I thought overall though, Tarin did a nice job,” said Miles. “I thought he created for others. I thought he was on the attack, he defended alright. He didn't gamble like he did in the exhibition game. I think he has gotten better in these last 10 days since we last played. And we need that from him. I was not satisfied from our post play. Something better has to happen with our post play."
Central Arkansas is on a Nebraska swing, losing to Creighton and Omaha over the weekend. First-year head coach Russ Pennell, who guided Arizona to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009 as the interim coach, has a new roster with just one returning player back from 2013-14.