Hoops Grades - NU vs CU

There wasn't any drama going into this one, outside of the fact that NU might be able to once again upset CU. Of course, that didn't happen and NU finishes off their regular season, closer to an end to what has to be considered a pretty painful year for coaches, players and fans alike. Check out our last regular season hoops grade report as NU dropped their finale' to CU, 84-69.

Huskers vs. Colorado Buffaloes Report Card

A game effort, but still a loss, 84-69. Box Score

Offense: B+

This was a solid effort by Nebraska on offense. They only shot 39%, but still put up 69 points for the game and were a sizzling 49% from the field in the second half. Four players finished in double figures for scoring with Andrew Drevo and Nate Johnson leading the way with 19 points apiece. The offense never quit even when the deficit was 25 points in the second half. The intensity remained high and because of that the Huskers managed to pull within 9 points with a few minutes left before running out of gas. A big problem in this game, like the game in Ames against Iowa State, was the huge number of shots that Nebraska had blocked. The Buffs finished with 15 blocks with David Harrison having 11 by himself. Harrison was extremely good with a triple-double.

Best: Drevo – 7-13 FG with 3-8 3-point for 19 points. A fairly efficient night for Andrew, who has been caught up with forcing some shots in the latter half of the year. Very well done by the big man.

Worst: John Turek – 4-15 FG for 11 points. A terrible percentage for John, who had a rough night going against the seven-footer Harrison. If he ever learns how to finish on a regular basis, he could be a force in the future.

Defense: D

David Harrison and Stephane Pelle are hard to contain for any team, so it is difficult to blame Turek and Drevo for their jobs down low. That said, giving up 20 and 21 to those two respectively is not going to get it done. On top of that, surrendering 84 points total on 48% shooting is not a recipe for victory. On a positive note, Nebraska did force 19 turnovers which led to the small comeback in the second half.

Best: Brennon Clemmons – 5 Steals. BC was very active on the defensive end and took advantage of the lack of experience of the Colorado backcourt.

Worst: Drevo and Turek – They could have done better on the CU big men, but when you are not as talented as the opponent not much more can be expected.

Rebounding: B

Nebraska was beaten on the boards by 4, 43-39, but against a frontcourt like Colorado's it was a very good effort. It was another solid team effort with everyone contributing somewhat. A nice stat would be the job the Huskers did boxing out on the defensive glass. The Buffs only managed 9 offensive rebounds because of the great effort by NU.

Best: Drevo – 9 rebounds with 3 offensives. This is more like it from Andrew who struggled a little bit against Oklahoma. Expectations will be high next year, so hopefully Drev can live up to them.

Worst: Turek – 5 rebounds with 4 offensives. Much like Drevo last game, John did a decent job on the glass, but could have done more. It's hard to put up big numbers when you are in foul trouble though.

Free Throw Shooting: C

An average effort from the line in this game with the final total of 9-for-14. Nebraska was somewhat aggressive and penetrated the lane looking for fouls, but was blocked instead. It was a good idea, but it just did not materialize like it should have. Better luck next time Big Red!

Best: Turek – 3-5 FT. Drevo hit both of his free shots, but John deserves a little credit for making 60%.

Worst: Johnson – 3-5 FT. Nate has been a little inconsistent from the line of late, but it really should not be a worry for this team next year.

Overall: B

If you look at the final score only, then this seems like another blowout loss on the road for Nebraska. It was a blowout, but it could have been much worse if the Huskers had not continued to battle throughout the game. They kept pushing for more and cut the 25-point CU lead to 9, but could not keep it going until the end. The defense needed to step up some more next year in these types of games because the offense probably did enough to pick up a win. It was not a win, but the continuous effort throughout the game is a positive for this team that really had nothing to play for other than the love of the game.

Up Next: Big 12 Tournament vs. Missouri

The season will likely come to a close in Dallas against Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. Nebraska has challenged the Tigers in both meetings this year, especially in Lincoln. If the Tigers are cold from 3-point range, like they were in Lincoln, then the Huskers have a chance to pull the upset, but they will have to contain Arthur Johnson as well. It's been a long, long, long year, but it is almost over. Hopefully next year is much better than this one has been. Go Big Red!

Prediction: Missouri 73 Nebraska 59


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