LINCOLN, Neb. – It was only an exhibition, but Nebraska’s offense on Monday night against Northern State showed the Huskers might be fun to watch in 2015-16.
In a 95-42 win over Northern State, a D-2 school, the Huskers made the extra passes and showed ball movement they didn’t have last season.
“Regardless of your opponent you got to find something to get better at, something to work on and something to look forward to for the next game,” said Nebraska wing Andrew White, who admitted he didn't even know the game did not count until Sunday afternoon. “I think our focus today was to finish spurts, like playing four-minute spurts and be as effective as possible in those spurts. The big emphasis was moving the ball, there were a lot of guys that could have gone and got shots individually tonight, but we still wanted to stick to our principles and move the ball and let everybody get involved.”
White led all scorers with 18-points, going 2-for-3 from three-point land. He was one of three players in double-figures, that included junior Tai Webster (14-points), senior Shavon Shields (14-points) and true-freshman Jack McVeigh (11-points).
Nebraska cleared the bench in the 53-point win and had every play score but freshman Michael Jacobson.
While he did not start, true freshman power forward Ed Morrow recorded 8-points and 10-rebounds in his first game action with the Huskers.
“I thought Ed Morrow performed pretty well,” said Miles.
While most storylines early in the year will revolve around Nebraska’s offense, their defense bothered the Wolves on Monday. Northern State was just 1-for-33 from three-point land.
“We’ve been alright. We’ve been a little soft in practice,” said Miles. “We foul a little bit too much, but I thought tonight wasn’t awful. I think we had four offensive fouls, maybe. Illegal screens, three of them for sure, maybe an over-the-back once or twice. So on some of our turnovers, which we had 11, I think at least three or four of those are an offensive fouls.”
* Ed Morrow was described during the recruiting process as a high motor guy who wouldn’t be afraid to go after the 50/50 balls despite being considered a pretty big-time prospect. Morrow showed during multiple occasions in the game he wasn’t afraid to run the floor. He was rewarded once with a nice pass from Tai Webster for a stand-alone dunk.
* Forward Jack McVeigh, an Australian native, looked a little nervous at times during the contest, but the freshman ended up having a pretty nice game in extended minutes. McVeigh recorded a team high 11-rebounds to go along with his 11 point
* It was hard to gauge playing an opponent like Northern State, but I think this might be the deepest team Miles has had at Nebraska. Now a lot of that depth will revolve around freshman, but guys like McVeigh, Glyn Watson and Morrow coming off the bench will provide some big minutes.
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