Photo by Pat Radigan
Story by Becca Mann
Like most years under coach Tim Miles, it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what to expect from this year’s edition of Nebrasketball.
The Huskers were voted to finish at No. 13 in the Big Ten in this season’s coaches poll ahead of only Rutgers, a team that finished 15-18 overall and 3-15 in the conference last season. Nebraska also did not have any players who earned preseason honors in the Big Ten.
But the on-court results so far have been more promising than the preseason honors would suggest. The Huskers are 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena to start the season, and salvaged a trip to the AdvoCare Invitational with a pair of wins. Nebraska started the tournament with its second road loss of the season to host UCF, then smashed past an 0-4 Marist team to advance to the fifth place game.
The Huskers came out on fire against Long Beach State, but had to hold on after a rally from “the Beach” made the game closer that it should have been. Now, Nebraska is looking to latch onto that momentum and get something going during a season that has already experienced some rough patches.
Miles’ team will be hoping that the fifth place finish at the AdvoCare Invitational will build confidence for a 5-2 team that will match up against four ranked programs in 18 days. First up is a home matchup with Boston College as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, before things get hectic in a hurry.
Nebrasketball will hit the road to face No. 3 Michigan State and a quick trip down I-80 to face newly ranked Creighton (No. 23 in Coaches’ Poll). The home slate isn’t any easier, with No. 14 Minnesota and No. 2 Kansas coming to PBA over that stretch.
But before that happens, here is what, who and why to watch this season…