Nebraska vs Alabama State RecapThe Nebraska Cornhuskers cruised to an 80 to 51 win over the Hornets of Alabama State.  Nebraska was led in scoring by Steve Harley with 16. Ryan Anderson, Sek Henry and Toney McCray also scored in double figures. NU showed some new starters as both Cookie Miller and Alonzo Edwards were in the starting lineup.

The Huskers finally got their offense going to start a game. While the Hornets are not a formidable defensive team they do have size and athleticism.  Nebraska shot an amazing 14 of 25 (56%) from 3 point range.  The Huskers used some pressure during the first three quarters of the game, but it did not seem an attempt to turn the other team over as much as it was to delay them getting into their half court offense. The Hornets 7’ 1” center only scored 4 points in the game and was not effective as he only played 16 minutes tonight.  The Hornets put on some fairly tight full court pressure over the last 5 minutes of the game that kept the game from getting too lopsided at the end.  Nebraska was satisfied to just run the clock and try and get good shots.  The lead of 50 to 25 at the half extended out to nearly 40 points before Alabama State brought the final deficit down to 29.

The play of Alonzo Edwards was fairly impressive. He was able to battle on the block against their center and played well on the offensive end of the court getting 5 points and 1 offensive rebound. He had a very nice block and showed flashed of potential. During his minutes in the first half he seemed to grasp the offensive system NU was running, but he was mainly on the low block.  If Alonzo can continue to develop he can play a critical role once conference season gets here. Tonight he played 14 minutes, if he gives NU 15 quality minutes a night it will probably mean a win or two more in league play.

As mentioned earlier, the Huskers were on fire from three tonight. Alabama State was giving them some open looks, but even when they were guarded they were still making threes.  It was good to see the team finally get the offense on track. The only thing that slowed it down was when the Hornets went into a zone for about 10 minutes in the second half. NU got Paul Velander in the game and broke the zone down with outside shots. They still made an effort to get the ball inside on offense, but it was difficult against a zone with Alabama State’s height advantage.

From the sounds of things, it appears that Eshaunte Jones will be having ankle surgery and taking a medical redshirt this year. It was pretty clear that his ankle was not right, and with Doc’s approach he will be more of a benefit as a healthy senior than his would be as a gimpy freshman.  It was good that he was able to get some game action and play a little to get a feel for the level of competition. He showed the ability to be able to shoot lights out and really score the basketball.  He will be fun to watch in future years.

Overall, good win and a feel good night for the Huskers as the end of the bench was able to get some playing time to close the game out.  Unfortunately though no points for Nick Krenk, Ben Nelson or Cole Salomon but at least they got a chance to get some playing time.  Next up is Arizona State which will be a very tough game.  Nebraska was fortunate to get a win against them last year in Lincoln.  If the Huskers can win the game against Arizona State they should be able to closeout an undefeated non-conference season.

Go Big Red - Corey

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Suh and Slausan earn 2nd team Big 12Got a quick update for everyone this evening. Junior nose tackle Ndamukong Suh and senior offensive guard Matt Slauson have been chosen as second-team All-Big 12 as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. Suh and Slauson lead a group of nine Huskers honored by the conference, including seven players who earned honorable-mention honors.

Roy Helu Jr, Jacob Hickman, Nate Swift, Alex Henery, Larry Asante, Ty Steinkuhler and Zach Potter were the seven players that were selected as honorable-mention.

We also learned this evening that Nebraska and Wyoming have agreed on a three game series that will begin in 2011. The Huskers will travel to Wyoming in 2011 and then the Cowboys will travel to Lincoln in 2013 and 2016. It was once thought that the home game that Wyoming would get would actually be played in Denver at Invesco Field but that deal feel through.

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Nebraska vs Clemson Gator BowlThe Nebraska football team can now start preparing for their bowl opponent as we have learned that the Huskers will be playing the Clemson Tigers in the Gator Bowl on Jan 1st in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Tigers will come into the game with a 7-5 record as they have had an up a down year. They are currently being coached by Dabo Swinney who took over for Tommy Bowden walked away after nine-and-a-half seasons at Clemson.

We will have a full preview of the game once it gets closer to gametime. For now the Huskers have gamefilm to watch and a team to prepare for. Clemson has a lot of speed especially at the running back position, so the Huskers will need to come up with a defensive plan to slow the Tiger running game down.

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