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November 7, 2012

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Midland

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Midland Warriors
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 - 7:05 p.m. CT
TV: None / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Midland Warriors (0-1, 0-0 GPAC)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Park University 74-73 in double overtime
G James Parrott (had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in opener) Sr. 6-2 175
G Galen Gullie (made 39 3-pointers last season) So. 5-7 175
G Ben Imig (only returning starter from 2011-12) Jr. 5-11 161
F Jerome Vaughn (had 17 points and 14 rebounds in opener) Sr. 6-3 213
C Trace Murray (tallest player on roster) Jr. 6-7 232

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Streak: First game
Last Game: N/A
G Benny Parker (first NU true freshman to start a season opener since 2009) Fr. 5-9 164
G Ray Gallegos (redshirted last season) Jr. 6-2 181
G Dylan Talley (was third on team in scoring at 8.9 ppg last season) Sr. 6-5 216
F Brandon Ubel (top returning rebounder at 5.3 rpg, second-leading scorer at 6.7 ppg) Sr. 6-10 234
C Andre Almeida (missed all of last season following a knee injury) Sr. 6-11 314

Find a rhythm

In exhibition games like this, getting a jumpstart of finding a rhythm as a new team is almost just as important as winning. With this being new head coach Tim Miles' debut and a roster full of new and young faces, tonight is going to be all about everyone getting a feel for one another in their first test against live competition. The Huskers need to establish scorers, communicate defensively and just get on the same page to lay a foundation for the actual start of the regular season on Sunday.
Find an offense

One of the biggest knocks of previous coach Doc Sadler's teams was the complete lack of offensive firepower seemingly every year. Nebraska could go a long way in helping fans feel good about the future of the program by coming out and putting on scoring display against a completely over-matched opponent. As long as the Huskers don't come out and run the "windshield wiper" offense that drove fans crazy the previous six years, this should be a fairly manageable task.
Just execute

Considering what Miles and his staff inherited with this team and where Nebraska was last season, it's safe to say that no one is holding very high expectations for the Huskers this year. That being said, if NU expects fans to continue to show support during what should be a difficult year, it has to at least give them some things to cheer for. A game like this is one of Nebraska's few opportunities to go out and put on a show, so it's very important they get off to a hot start keep the sloppiness to a minimum.

Head coach Tim Miles on his expectations for the non-conference schedule:

"This is a building process with confidence. You don't go out and say, 'Here, be confident.' And them saying, 'Oh, now I'm confident. See how great that was?' That's not the trick. You have to earn confidence, and you have to earn victories. That's what I'm hopefully going to try and build early in the season, is to see if we can go out and find a way to be successful and win games and build on that. Then, who know what can happen? Because sometimes the team you think you have in October and November is certainly not the team you have in January, February, March."
Senior guard Dylan Talley on tonight's game:

"We're just looking forward to getting out there and finally get to play against somebody else and see where we're at as a team and see how we execute the new offense and the new system. We've been working at it pretty hard for the past couple weeks now, so it's just a chance to see where we're at."

Nebraska 81-58

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