I don’t write or talk much about the Nebraska basketball team as you have probably figured out. Well we have a must read article that Greg Doyel from CBS put out this morning.

Greg talks about what athletic director Tom Tom Osborne needs to do for the basketball team. That is throw a lot of money and a big time coach that players will want to play for. Don’t go for the cheapest mid-major successful coach like Nebraska has done the past two hires. It’s time to make a splash and with the new practice arena and new arena that will be finished soon.

Check out the full article here and follow @GregDoyelCBS on Twitter

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Cookie Miller and Alonzo Edwards TransferringThe Nebraska Basketball team will be losing a couple of players as Cookie Miller and Alonzo Edwards have asked to be released from their scholarships and be allowed to transfer to different schools.

Miller cited family reasons for wanting to transfer closer to his home state of West Virginia. Miller has a couple of young daughters out there and would like to be around them more often. Hopefully Cookie can land a spot on a team on the East Coast and continue his basketball career and education.

Edwards seen action in 16 games for the Huskers this season but was not getting the playing time that he thought he should be getting. He was in Doc Sadler’s doghouse early in the season for not hustling during practice and really never got out of the doghouse as the season went on. He played a grand total of 70 minutes, averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds in the limited playing time he did see.

We wish both Cookie and Alonzo the best in the future and thank them for their time with the Husker Basketball team.

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Quincy Hankins NebraskaQuincy Hankins a 6’8 240 lb forward from Polk County Community College in Florida has accepted a basketball scholarship from Doc Sadler reports are saying this morning. Hankins averaged close to 16 points and 12 rebounds a game last year for Polk CC.

Other schools like Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, South Florida, and South Carolina were also recruiting him.

The Huskers are also recruiting Hankins’s teammate Lance Jeter who is a 6’3 point guard. I found it interesting that Jeter used to be a wide receiver on the University of Cincinnati football team. He says he does have some “football weight” to lose but once that is gone he will be “unstoppable.”

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Nebraka loses to New MexicoThe Nebraska Cornhuskers played in the opening round of the NIT Tournament on Tuesday night and after receiving a tough draw and opening up the tournament down at New Mexico, their season came to an end with a 83-71 loss to New Mexico. Playing in “The Pit” is never an easy game for an opposing team as the Lobos play very well from home and they showed that once again against Nebraska.

The undersized Nebraska squad just couldn’t shut down the Lobos like they usually do to a team on the defensive side of the ball. The Lobos hit 51.1 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from 3-point range in the 12 point victory.

For the Huskers, they were led by Sek Henry with a team high 13 points. Steve Harley was right behind Henry in the scoring column as he added 11 points.

Overall this small team showed that they could play with the bigger and stronger teams through out the season, but when it came down to it, they didn’t have enough depth and size to really contend in the conference and win some post season games. We wish the outgoing seniors the best as the move on from Nebraska Basketball.

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Nebraska NIT BidThe Nebraska Mens Basketball team will continue playing this season as they were selected as a number six seed in the NIT Tournament. They will leave Monday afternoon and head to Albuquerque, N.M. where they will take on New Mexico Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. CST and will be aired on ESPNU.

Sure the Huskers didnt make the big tournament, but the NIT is good for the team as it allows them to continue playing and hopefully get some extra practices and games in. The Lobos however will give the Huskers a battle as they come into the game with a number three seed and an overall record of 21-11.

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nebraska is blown out by misouriI’m going to keep this pretty short today as it is Valentines Day and all. The Cornhuskers traveled down to Columbia, Missouri and were rolled by the Tigers by the score of 70-47. Yeah the Huskers lost by 23 points on the road. A cold shooting day and a second half where they could not play defense turned the game into a blowout and dissappointing loss for the Huskers.

The Tigers got way to many fast break points in the second half and the lack of a big man down low hurt the Huskers I felt. This game sure doesn’t help the Huskers chances of making the big dance come March that is for sure.

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Nebraska holds off ColoradoIt sure wasn’t pretty but the Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up their second road win in the conference on Wednesday night. The Huskers held a nice lead through the game but then seen it dwindle down late in the game before they were able to get out of Boulder with a 55-53 victory. The win in Boulder was the first one for Doc Sadler since he became coach.

As a team the Huskers had a season high 18 turnovers in the game. They are lucky that the Buffaloes committed 13 of their own turnovers or this could have easily been a loss.

Steve Harley and Ryan Anderson both led the Huskers with 12 points each.

Nebraska returns to the court on Saturday when the Huskers host to No. 16 Texas at the Devaney Center. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN.

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Nebraska beats Texas TechThe Nebraska basketball team picked up a much needed win in the Big 12 conference on Saturday evening. The Huskers traveled down to Lubbok, Texas to and battled with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Nebraska led throughout the game and help on for a 82-69 victory. Great win for the Huskers especially on the road.

The victory improved the Huskers to 13-7 on the year and into a tie for fifth place in the league standings with a 3-4 record in Big 12 play. Ade Dugunduro and Cookie Miller led the way for the Huskers as Dugunduro scored 20 points and Miller chipped in with 19 points of his own. The two players also combined for eight assists and eight steals in the game.

The highlight of the night for the Red Raiders was when their coack Pat Knight rushed out on to the court and was ejected for arguing a call. As he was heading back to the locker room, he rushed back out on to the court and let the refs have it a little more. That was pretty much the excitement in the game for the Red Raiders.

The Husker’s next game will be on Wednesday when they travel to Boulder, Colorado to take on the Buffaloes. This is another big road game for the Huskers and if they can shoot the ball well while playing lock down defense they just might have a shot to grab another win in Big 12 play!

– Cliff

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Nebraka falls to KansasThe Nebraska Cornhuskers had a very difficult loss to the Kansas Jayhawks tonight at the Bob Devaney Sports Center 68 to 62. The game was hard fought with Nebraska leading for much of it. NU led by 5 at the half. The positives for the Huskers were their defensive pressure and the play of senior Ade Dagunduro who led the Huskers with 24 points. The Husker defense was able to force the Jayhawks into committing 21 turnovers the most they have all year.

The reason the Huskers lost the game was their field goal percentage KU shot 56% from the field while NU only shot 40%. This Nebraska team is not good enough to beat bad teams with that kind of shooting disparity, much less the defending national champions.  In the end NU had pulled the game to within one on back to back three pointers by Sek Henry with less than a minute to go. KU got the ball and drove to the basket where they called a very questionable foul on Ryan Anderson that basically put the game out of reach for the Huskers.

The big story line before the game was would NU be able to slowdown Cole Aldrich? The Huskers more than slowed him down Aldrich; they nearly stopped him as he had no points in the first half and ended the game with only 8 total points. The lead for stopping Aldrich came surprisingly by walk-on Cole Salomon who played 13 minutes for the Huskers and did a very nice job of shutting down Aldrich including blocking one of his shots.  Solomon finished with three points coming off of a free throw and a nice offensive rebound and put back to help stretch the Husker lead in the first half.

It was finally decided before the game that Brian Diaz will take his redshirt this year so that means the Huskers will have to go with what they got and that appears to include more minutes for Solomon who did a nice job defensively and helped out on the offensive end.

The Huskers are going to have to figure a way to get more easy looks on the offensive end, because without a post player this team is very offensively limited and when Paul Velander goes 1 of 5 from three and Ryan Anderson goes 0 of 5 you are not going to win many basketball games. To me that was the most surprising thing about this game. NU did not shoot that well and KU shot very well from the field and yet the Huskers really should have won the game. If Nebraska had done a little better at the free throw line and gotten a couple of calls down the stretch they win this game. NU finished the game shooting 7 of 14 from the free throw line (50%) of they make 11 of 14 (78%) they probably would have won the game. The consolation is that NU did not need a perfect game to beat KU, granted this is not a national championship level KU team. The Huskers have been very competitive in each of their Big 12 games. They now need to start winning some of these close games.

Their next two games at Texas Tech and at Colorado are must win game. The Huskers currently sit 2-4 in conference play they need these next two wins to be even in the conference going into the second half. This team needs to finish at least 7-9 in the conference season and get to the NIT. Doc has the coaching ability, the players have the desire to win, but they are just not making shots.  Hopefully that will turn around in their next game.

Go Big Red! – Corey

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Nebraska BasketballThe Nebraska Cornhuskers lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 76 to 74 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. The game is a very disappointing loss for Nebraska as it drops them to 2-3 in the conference season. This is one of those games that Nebraska had to win to keep any chance of making the NCAA tournament alive. Maybe it is just my rose colored glasses, but I still believed that NU had a chance to go on a nice run here and end the first half of the conference season 5-3. It is more likely after this loss that the Huskers will be 4-4 or 3-5. Their next opponent is the Kansas Jayhawks who should be able to pressure Nebraska’s guards into mistakes and force bad shots from the outside. Due to KU’s athleticism the Huskers are going to have a very difficult time getting to the hoop against Kansas.

The game started off very good for the Huskers as they were up nine to two at one point early on. That is when the Huskers went ice cold from the field. The fans kept wondering and hoping to see Jorge Diaz come in to give this team a much needed post presence and create those kick out three point opportunities, but he never came. Paul Velander led the way in futility for the Huskers as he finished the game one of eight from the field. He did get fouled on a couple of those shots that were not called, but even when he was open he did not make shots that he normally does. Following closely behind Velander was Sek Henry who was a whopping one of five from the field. In the game it seemed that Sek forgot what makes him a good player, it is being aggressive and getting to the hoop. Sek failed to even attempt to do drive even when OSU’s big man had four fouls with around five minutes to go in the game. A Husker player never attempted to drive the ball in and create contact drawing the foul. It seemed like this team made a conscious decision to not take the ball inside. OSU was playing man defense for much of the game that the Husker guards normally exploit with penetrating to get the basket or kick out.

Looking at the final stats a few things really stand out. Nebraska make their last field goal with 2:55 to go in regulation. That is ridiculous, and the primary reason we did not win this game. To win basketball games you must score more points that the other team, you can’t do that when you are only shooting 39% from the field. In OSU we saw what we should be getting from this undersized team this year, as they shot 54% from the field for the game. OSU is playing the up-tempo game that we were promised with this year’s team.

If you cannot tell, I am very disappointed in this loss. This game was another must win that we failed to win. This game is a very bad home loss to a middle of the road Big 12 team. These are the types of games that NU needs to start winning in they want to take a step forward in the Big 12. Saturday was a big step backward.

My final gripe about Doc’s decisions on Saturday was that he asks his players to take on the other team’s big man were they give up anywhere from 4-7 inches. It is understandable if you have no other choice to get the kids to do something that is really quite extraordinary, but Doc had a different choice that he could have made. He could have played Jorge Diaz and given Ryan Anderson and Ade Dagunduro a little help down low. Instead Doc has decided to give up on the season and on this group of senior’s by sitting Diaz. Ade Dagunduro, Steve Harley and Paul Velander deserve more from their coach who asks them to give their all against difficult odds!

– Corey

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