Huskers vs. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos Report Card
Huskers win 60-57. Box Score
The offense continues to sputter for Nebraska nine games into the season. Scoring only 60 points has been enough against weaker non-conference opponents, but will not be enough for the Big 12. The Huskers shot a respectable 45% from the field, but only 31% from 3-point range. The turnovers also need to be reduced from 15 in this game to around 10. It was nice to see Jake Muhleisen making some long range shots and Andrew Drevo continues to dominate each and every game. Where are you Nate Johnson? Hopefully the poor performance in this game was due to lingering pain from the sprained ankle he had two weeks ago.
Best: Muhleisen – 5-11 FG, 3-4 3-point for 15 points. Jake finally dropped in some long bombs, but needs to continue to do so for this team to do anything in the conference season.
Worst: Johnson – 2-5 FG for 4 points. He only played 14 minutes and was ineffective in that time. He had 4 turnovers on top of the lack of shooting.
The defense has carried this team in the early season and will have to continue to do so in the future as long as the offense struggles. The Gauchos are a very good 3-point shooting team, but were held to 35% from beyond the arc and only 38% from the field. Nebraska also limited UCSB to only 17 points in the second half to spur the second half comeback after being down by 10 at halftime. A great effort by the Big Red on the defensive end.
Best: Drevo – 10 defensive rebounds and 4 blocks. Big D did it all in this game and held down the middle with some help from John Turek, who had a huge block at the end of the game.
Worst: Corey Simms – He struggled mightily on both sides of the court, but especially defensively as he only managed one rebound before fouling out of the game. The defense combined with 4 turnovers makes for a bad game from Corey.
The Huskers outrebounded the Gauchos 35-30, so that was definitely a positive. The problem though was the margin should have been larger since UCSB's tallest regular player was Mark Hull at 6'8". It was a decent job overall and 11 offensive rebounds is a nice total. This area could have been better, but it is always good to have a rebound advantage no matter how small it is.
Best: Drevo – 12 rebounds with 2 offensive. Just another aspect of Andrew's game that was stellar in this game. He was all over the glass and had his fourth consecutive double-double.
Worst: Simms and Johnson – 1 rebound combined. A poor job by the two guards, especially Corey. He has been very productive thus far this year rebounding the ball, but did not step up in this game. Consistency is the key for both of these players.
Free Throw Shooting: C
The up-and-down free-throw shooting continued for Nebraska this season with a poor 60% effort from the line. Only having 15 attempts also needs to be improved upon. This inconsistency on the line will most likely continue for the rest of the season.
Best: Drevo – 6-6 FT. What doesn't this guy do?!? He got to the line 6 times and knocked them all done. You cannot do much better than that. I'm glad Andrew decided to transfer back home!
Worst: Muhleisen – 2-6 FT. If you are able to get to the line as much as Jake can then you better be able to make the shots. As a guard, Jake should really be much better from the line. Let's hope he picks up the rest of the season.
This was a very nice win for Nebraska although many flaws still exist. Any wins away from the Devaney Center should be celebrated because they are few and far between for this team. Andrew Drevo is positioning himself for a run at All-Big 12 this year and possibly Big 12 player of the year if he can keep up this pace through conference play. Jason Dourisseau really stepped up off of the bench in this game. The freshman finished with 9 points and was stellar down the stretch in the second half. This win puts the Huskers at 5-4 on the season and could boost the team's confidence for the rest of the non-conference schedule.
Up Next: Arizona State
The Sun Devils are 7-3 on the season and on a three-game winning streak after dismantling Bucknell in their first round game, 79-52. They are led by freshman Ike Diogu who is averaging over 18 points per game. Jamal Hill is a shooting threat for the Devils with 10 3-pointers on the year. Lincoln-native Shawn Redhage is a valuable player off of the bench for Arizona State with almost seven points per game. Nebraska will have their hands full with this team and the game will be a true road game, which does not bode well for the Huskers. A Nebraska win would be considered an upset and could happen if the offense steps up, but another road loss is probably in the cards for the Big Red.
Prediction: Arizona State 68 Nebraska 63