Big 12 Capsule: Nebraska

Why are the 'Huskers one of the Big 12's more intriguing teams? Read more below.


Record: 10-2

Strength: Defense

The Cornhuskers are always excellent at getting teams to play to a slower tempo, and they play at the 281st fastest tempo in the country. But more than that, they're locking down teams on the few possessions they have. Nebraska has the 10th-best adjusted defensive efficiency in the country, and are fifth in effective field goal percentage defense. Teams are making just 38.6 percent of their two pointers against the Cornhuskers, who have held 10 of their 12 opponents under 60 points. Davidson, a 70-67 winner over Nebraska earlier this year, put up the high-scoring mark. But Nebraska is also working for good shots offensively, hitting 56.9 percent of their two-pointers (fourth in the country) and 53.6 percent effective field goal percentage.

Weakness: Offensive Firepower

But while the Cornhuskers are shooting well from two, they're making just 31 percent from three-point range (266th in the country). Additionally, the Cornhuskers are getting just 18.5 percent of their points from the free throw line (272nd) and are a poor offensive rebounding team (282nd in offensive rebound percentage). So while the Cornhuskers are working for good two-pointers, if those shots aren't there, or aren't falling, Nebraska hasn't shown an ability to score in other ways.

Star Player: Lance Jeter, G

Nebraska doesn't have a true star player, but Jeter is the person who most likely fits the bill. A thick, physical senior, Jeter is Nebraska' most efficient offensive player, a good shooter who also has close to a 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and leads the team in steals. He's Nebraska's second-leading scorer by exactly one point. and creates the most opportunities for teammates while also ranking the top-100 nationally in steal percentage. Hard to go wrong there.

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