Nebraska basketball might have lost 54 percent of their offense from last season, but the show must go on. On Thursday, the university released the Huskers’ non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season.
Immediately popping off the page were matchups with Kansas, Clemson Creighton and possibly UCLA.
“When I look at our schedule, I can’t help but think that we’re building a resume for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said in a statement. “I see great depth and quality among our opponents. We are in the Wooden Legacy matched up with Dayton and the same side of the bracket as UCLA. We have Creighton at home, and we are at Kansas and at Clemson. In Big Ten play, our double plays are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and Northwestern. There are great opportunities for this team to get high-quality wins. It should be exciting for the fans, and challenging for our program, and that is exactly what we want.”
If a NCAA run is achieved, it means the Huskers will have found a way to replace both Shavon Shields (graduation) and Andrew White (transfer) – Nebraska’s leading scorers from a year ago. In addition, Benny Parker’s (graduation) defense and spark will be missed.
Including the Huskers’ Big Ten slate, NU will play nine of its 16 regular-season home games against postseason participants, as the Big Ten Conference announced 2016-17 opponents last month. The Huskers will host five Big Ten teams (Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin) that made the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
*** Parts of the NU Media Relations report were used in this report....