Huskers vs. Creighton Bluejays Report Card
Huskers lose 81-73. Box Score
The offense really let the Huskers down in this game, especially the first half. You cannot shoot 31% in the first half and 38% overall and expect to win a game against a ranked opponent. The shooting simply has to improve or this team will not do anything against the upper teams in the Big 12. Andrew Drevo had another great night and needs the ball in his hands on every possession. I'm still waiting for Nate Johnson to show me why he is the Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
Best: Drevo – 8-16 FG, 3-5 3-point, 4-5 FT for 23 points. Big Drev continues to get it done in big games. He is far and away the team MVP thus far this season.
Worst: Johnson – 1-8 FG, 1-4 3-point, 6-6 FT for 9 points. Nate just hasn't shown the ability to get his own shot enough this year. He penetrates very well, but 1-of-8 just doesn't cut it for a shooter the Huskers depend on.
The defense was severely lacking in the first ten minutes of this game. Creighton had multiple open looks at the basket and shot 6-of-8 from 3-point range because of it. It was much better in the second half, but Kyle Korver is a machine. He would launch it, and make it often, without any hesitation and with a hand in his face. Creighton looked much faster and were a better shooting team than Nebraska and that was the obvious difference in the game.
Best: Corey Simms – Corey had 2 steals and played Korver as well as anybody all night. He was all over him and made a difference in Kyle's shots most of the time.
Worst: Wesley Wilkinson – Wes had a tough time in this game to say the least. He was blown by on a few occasions, but still managed to pick up four fouls. He looked like he was in cement at times. Hope he improves quickly.
A fantastic job by Nebraska on the boards. They outrebounded the ‘Jays 45-28 and had 18 offensive boards. The Huskers simply jumped higher and hustled more for the ball and it paid off in this area. Only good things can come from this type of rebounding effort in future games.
Best: Simms – 9 rebounds, 5 offensive. Drevo had 13 boards, but Corey was awesome tonight. He was leaping over Creighton players and simply dominating the boards at times in his 28 minutes on the floor. Keep it up Corey!!
Worst: Turek – 3 rebounds, 0 offensive. The big man in the middle needs to step up for every game. Consistency is goal number one right now for Johnny.
Free Throw Shooting: A
Probably the best performance of the year from the line for Nebraska. They shot 77% from the line, going 20-26. It was a quality performance, but quantity as well. It was good to see that many attempts in a game because it showed the aggressiveness of the team. It was unfortunate that more of the free-throws did not come after made baskets though.
Best: Johnson – 6-6 FT. Nate finally knocked down his free-throws all game. Hopefully this is a continuing trend.
Worst: Turek – 1-4 FT. John has a pretty nice touch at the line, but his three misses in this game were not pretty.
This game could have turned much uglier than it ended up. Creighton was shooting lights out early on and took good care of the ball the entire game. Case in point is Tyler McKinney. He had 12 assists and 0 turnovers!!! Creighton is a great team and could make a solid run in the NCAAs if they stay hot. The Huskers need to rebound from this quickly and try to win a couple games in Tempe, Arizona next weekend. Drevo is emerging as a star in the Big 12, but others need to step up on a much more consistent basis for this team to do much damage against the top teams in the league.
Up Next: UC-Santa Barbara
The Gauchos were in the NCAA tournament last year and return four starters from that team. They have a big win over USC this year, but currently have a 3-5 record. They are led by Mark Hull, Branduinn Fullove, and Nick Jones and can shoot the 3-pointer fairly well, so the Huskers need to tune up their perimeter defense for this game. It won't be easy, but playing on a neutral court at the Arizona St. Hoops Classic will help the Huskers. The Gauchos home floor, the Thunderdome, is one of the hardest places to place in the country, so thankfully the game is not there.
Prediction: Nebraska 75 UCSB 65