Hoops Game Day: Nebraska vs. North Dakota State
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Hoops Game Day: Nebraska vs. North Dakota State

Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-1) vs North Dakota State Bison (0-1)

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 - 11 a.m. CT

Pinnacle Bank Arena

TV: BTN

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Internet: FOX Sports App

Nebraska projected starters
NAME HT/WT YEAR NOTES

Dalano Banton

6-9/204

So.

Leads team in scoring (16.0), rebounding (6.5), assists (5.5) and blocked shots (2.5).

Trey McGowens

6-4/191

Jr.

Was held scoreless vs. Nevada for just the second time in 68 career games.

Teddy Allen

6-6/223

Jr.

Ranks 10th nationally with 4.0 steals per game. Had team-high 17 points in the loss to Nevada.

Lat Mayen

6-9/205

Jr.

Finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds against Nevada.

Thorir Thorbjarnarson

6-6/202

Sr.

Has started 26 straight games dating back to last season. Held scoreless in the loss to Nevada.

North Dakota State projected starters
NAME HT/WT YEAR NOTES

Jarius Cook

6-3/180

So.

Started 3 games as a true freshman in 2018-19 then redshirted last season. Had 9 points vs. Nevada.

Tyree Eady

6-5/210

Jr.

Averaged 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last season.

Maleeck Harden-Hayes

6-7/185

So.

Averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game last year as a true freshman.

Sam Griesel

6-6/215

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb., native who averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year.

Rocky Kreuser

6-10/245

Sr.

Preseason second-team All-Summit League selection. Averaged averaged 10.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last season.

3 KEYS TO VICTORY

1. Balance the shooting

Fred Hoiberg's offenses will always be heavily reliant on the 3-point shot, but what we saw last time out vs. Nevada was a bit excessive. The Huskers jacked up a single-game school record 41 threes in the loss. Even worse, they only made nine of them. The Wolfpack played a part in why NU took that many attempts, as they packed the lane and dared the Huskers to make open shots on the perimeter. Nebraska got numerous good looks, but nothing was falling. In that case, especially when Big Ten play rolls around, players have to adjust and find other ways to score. When NDSU uses the same defensive game plan, the Huskers need to find ways to get to the rim or the free-throw line to give their offense some balance.

2. Create offense through defense

While Nebraska's offense did a 180 from Game 1 to Game 2, its defense has been consistently stingy. The Huskers have given up an average of just 62.0 points per game so far, and in doing so has scored 63 points off of 48 forced turnovers. As a team, NU ranks seventh nationally and leads the Big Ten with 14.0 steals per game, with Teddy Allen ranking 10 in the country with 4.0 spg. Should Nebraska struggle to knock down shots again today, the best medicine would be to create offense through transition. Nevada forced NDSU into 16 turnovers with eight steals on Wednesday, so there will be opportunities.

3.Bring the energy

The difference in body language when Nebraska played its first game against McNeese State on Wednesday and then vs. Nevada on Thursday was pretty glaring. After jumping all over MSU from the opening tip, the Huskers kind of went through the motions against the Wolfpack. Even after Kobe Webster hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer at the end of the first half, NU's players slunk to the locker room with their heads down. Hoiberg said that was the first thing he laid into his team about during halftime, and to their credit, they played their best basketball of the day in the first 10 minutes of the second half. But Nebraska can't just go through the motions, especially as a team still learning how to feed off of one another on the court. Bring some fire right away today and keep the throttle down until the final buzzer.

QUOTABLE

"With this team, if we just keep moving the ball and playing for each other, then we’re going to be great. We've just got to go back into practice and figure out what we've got to do to maintain that throughout 40 minutes a game, throughout the adversity, the fire, the heat of the next game. It’s still early in the season and we're not going to hang our heads after this one."
— Sophomore point guard Dalano Banton

PREDICTION

Nebraska (-9) 76, North Dakota State 66

Robin's season record: 1-1

vs. the spread: 1-1