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November 24, 2013

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. CT
TV: ESPN3 / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Georgia Bulldogs (1-3, 0-0 SEC)
Streak: Lost 3
Last Game: Lost to Temple 83-81
G Kenny Gaines (led team with 21 points vs. Temple) So. 6-3 195
G Charles Mann (had 19 points against Temple) So. 6-5 210
F Cameron Forte (scoring 7.3 ppg with 2.8 rpg) So. 6-7 220
F Donte Williams (averaging 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg) Sr. 6-9 225
F Marcus Thornton (scored 10 points vs. Temple) Jr. 6-8 235

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to UAB 87-74
G Tai Webster (averaging 9.0 ppg and 1.2 apg) Fr. 6-4 194
G/F Terran Petteway (leads team with 17.0 ppg this season) So. 6-6 209
F Shavon Shields (scoring 14.4 ppg with 5.3 rpg) So. 6-7 219
F David Rivers (leads team with 2.0 spg) Jr. 6-7 198
C Walter Pitchford (is 9-of-16 from 3-point range this season) So. 6-10 234


Nebraska may not have a more glaring weakness through its first five games of the season than its inability to consistently rebound on either ends of the floor. The Huskers have essentially been manhandled under the boards in each of their past two losses at the Charleston Classic, as both UMass and Alabama-Birmingham out-hustled and out-physicaled NU on the glass. In fact, each of those teams ended up rebounding more than half of their missed shots, and that simply can't continue to happen if NU wants to get back on track today against a Georgia team that ranks 159th nationally in rebounding.
Find offensive identity

Yes, guys like Terran Petteway (17.0 ppg) and Shavon Shields (14.4 ppg) are putting up good scoring numbers, but the fact is Nebraska still doesn't seem to know what its offensive identity is at this point. Are the Huskers a run-and-gun team that wants to get in transition as much as possible? Are they a motion offense that wants to create points for their talented guards and wings through ball screens? Because NU hasn't quite figured out how it wants to attack with the ball, it's settled for a lot of bad shots and there's been too much confusion working in the half court.
Just get one

It was no secret that Nebraska was one of the underdogs in a very difficult Charleston Classic field, but just for the sake of taking something positive away from the tournament, it would be a huge lift for the Huskers to walk away from the weekend with at least one victory. Georgia is a team that has also played a decent schedule so far, but it too has been dealing with some issues during its 1-3 start to the year. If NU can come out and put together a complete game, there's no reason it can't end the tournament with a much-needed victory with games against Miami and Creighton coming up in the next couple weeks.

Head coach Tim Miles on his team looking defeated towards the end of their loss to UAB:

"You just can't ever let up or stop, never quit. Certainly, there was a large amount of frustration that we could see on their faces."
Miles on needing sophomore forward Walter Pitchford to have more of a presence down low:

"I think in time he'll understand that mental capacity. How to keep playing, how to keep competing, and we need to get him in the blocks some too because he's really hard to stop. He doesn't love physicality. I don't know that that's a mystery that any of our opponents haven't figured out already or can't watch. We need some more inside scoring and he can provide that."

Nebraska 82-80

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