Boastful Beasley, Wildcats upset by Huskers

That's why they play the game. It's an overused saying, but like most things which become cliche', it wouldn't if it didn't have an element of truth. Maybe all-everything b-ball player Michael Beasley, who said in the pre-game he might score 50 points, but finished with 17, learned that lesson after the Wildcats got upset in Lincoln.

ESPN2 had the spotlight onLincoln last night as the #25 Kansas State Wildcats traveled to bitter cold Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Michael Beasley was extremely confident going into last night's game. "It's going to be fun tonight. I'm telling ya'll, I'm looking for 50," Beasley told an ESPN reporter. Not only did Beasley not reach 50, he didn't even crack a usual double-digit performance before going into the locker room at half. Unimpressive is a good description of Beasley's overall performance against the Huskers. It took him ten and a half minutes to score his first basket and went into halftime only racking up an embarrassing four points. Four measly points for a potential first round NBA draft pick. Sure he played well for about five minutes in the second half, earning himself his 22nd double-double of the season, but I would still pick Aleks Maric over Michael Beasley any day. His over confidence in himself really hindered his performance tonight and probably was the main reason Kansas State will be dropped from the Top 25.

Enough about Beasley, let us look at all the good things the Cornhuskers did tonight. Similar to last week's game against the Missouri Tigers, Nebraska came out strong and took an early lead on the Wildcats. Unlike the game against the Tigers, the Cornhusker kept pouring on the pressure. Steve Harley stepped up huge tonight and played extremely well against the opposition. He ended the game with 20 points, went 9-12 on field goals and made both his free throw attempts. What stuck out for me were his back door cuts to the basket. Six of his 20 points came on tremendous cuts to the hoop, easily beating his defender.

Cookie Miller also had a strong game. Even though one might look at his statistics and think he had a poor performance, he was strong in certain areas. Miller did struggle shooting the ball against Kansas State, going 1-9 on field goals and 0-3 on three point attempts. He did however flourish in the steals and assists categories. He had five total steels coming at important moments in the game and ended regulation with six total assists. He once again moved the ball very well, finding the open man to give the Huskers an ongoing lead throughout the game.

Aleks Maric also showed very strong against the Wildcats. Maric ended the game with 15 points, going 5-8 on field goals, 5-6 shooting free throws, and had an impressive 17 rebounds. Maric, along with others, double teamed Beasley throughout the game making him useless in the Wildcats offense. A little skirmish between Maric and Kansas State's Bill Walker ended with Walker receiving a technical foul for swinging at Maric after Aleks got the rebound with 9:38 left in the game. Maric later knocked down both his free throws to seal the deal for the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska was very motivated going into last night's game with the Wildcats. They knew Beasley had hurt them last time scoring well over 30 points. The Huskers did well in shutting Beasley down and was the main reason the Huskers walked out of the Devaney Center with a huge win. There was no real stand out on the Husker side. Everyone who stepped foot on the court contributed to the morale boosting victory. Beasley wilted under the ongoing pressure from the Nebraska defense. He finally showed up with about five minutes left in the game. Which was impressive when I look back, but then I remembered his cocky quote he gave to the ESPN reporter saying how he is going to drop 50 on us. Hopefully he has that image of the faithful Red Zone fans storming the court with the scoreboard reading, Nebraska 71….Kansas State 64, burned into his memory.

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