Nebraska vs. Texas-San Antonio Report Card: Huskers win 69-53
The offense started out very slow against the Roadrunner 2-2-1 full court press and committed way too many turnovers in the first half. The Huskers also shot just 46% in the first half. This all changed when UTSA tired and was forced to pull back on the press and go to a man-to-man defense. Jake Muhleisen picked this apart with 12 of his 14 points in the second half and the team shot an outstanding 60% from the floor. Nebraska finished with a very respectable 53.2% for the game, but only 4-of-12 (33%) from 3-point range. The 17 turnovers was also a downside to the offensive performance.
Best offensive performance: Muhleisen - 5-9 FG and 4-6 FT for 14 points
Worst offensive performance: Nate Johnson - 2-12 and 2-6 for 7 points
The Roadrunners were harassed all day by the outstanding Husker defense and shot only 32.2% from the floor and a horrendous 12.5% from 3-point range. The Nebraska D was rotating and helping each other out with the finest series occurring in the first half. UTSA could not even get a decent look at a shot for the entire 35-seconds of the shot clock and turned the ball over. It was a great defensive display!
Best defensive performance: Nate Johnson - was extremely active with his on and off the ball defense. Made up for his poor shooting.
Worst defensive performance: Team defense a couple times - confusion did allow a couple easy layups, but there really was not a bad defender in this game.
Free Throw Shooting: B
This could have been an easy A if Nate Johnson had not struggled mightily from the line. I have a feeling Nate does not go 2-for-6 from the line very often. The team as a whole shot 15-of-23 for 65.2%, which is about where they were last year. I consider this an off night for this team and better games are ahead.
Best Line performance: John Turek - 2-2 after shooting an unimaginable 38% last year
Worst Line performance: Nate Johnson - See above
The Huskers did hold the rebound edge over UTSA, 41-31, but gave up 13 offensive boards. This type of showing will not help in the Big 12. It is not a good idea to give teams like Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma second chance opportunities!!
Best Boards: Brennon Clemmons - 6 boards in just 10 minutes. Well done!
Worst Boards: Wesley Wilkinson - Only 1 rebound in 11 minutes. Not a big deal, but probably should have a couple more since he is 6'9".
UTSA is not very good, so not much can be answered by this game, but a win is a win and this puts the Huskers at 2-2 heading into a tough stretch. Hopefully the Huskers can shoot this well for every home game, but cut down on the turnovers and handle a full-court press a little better.
Next Up: @ South Florida - 6 pm CST on ESPN2
The Bulls will be a challenge simply because this game is on the road, but is very winnable if the Huskers play up to their potential. South Florida lost much of its scoring from last year, but has opened up the season 2-0 with a game against Alcorn St. tonight. A solid win over Providence shows that this team can play and having the game on national television probably will not help the young Husker squad. As much as I would like to see the Huskers pull this one out, I do not see it happening.
USF Bulls 65 Nebraska Huskers 62