Nebraska beats Missouri 56-51Nebraska got a big win on Saturday against the Missouri Tigers 56-51. The Huskers led by 14 at the half predominately based on shutting down the two big men for the Tigers. DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons would not be denied the entire game and scored a combined 19 points in the second half to help the Tigers cut the big lead. In the end, Nebraska was able to hold on behind a couple of clutch free throws by Ryan Anderson, and some very stingy defense at the end.

Based on 10 fast break points, the Huskers were able to tie the Tigers with 22 points in the paint. With NU’s lack of size it was surprising to see them be able to shut down the two big men for Mizzou. The Huskers did what they have done all year to compensate for their lack of size down low; they double teamed the post when the ball gets inside. Fortunately for NU, the Tigers missed enough kick out three pointers to win the game in the end. Missouri was 5 of 21 from behind the arc a measly 23.8%.

The other reason that the Huskers were successful down low was because of the 14 minutes that Chris Balham played. The other big contributor down low for NU was Anderson who was able to pull down 10 total rebounds on the game. Especially based on the size of Mizzou, Ryan did a good job of scrapping for rebounds and making plays.

On the other end was Steve Harley who had a very poor day from the field shooting only 1 of 7. Ade Dagunduro was able to take up the slack and perform well again scoring a career high with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field. Ade seems to finally understand how to play under control and to take advantage of his skills as a basketball player.

This game only 5 minutes for Toney McCray even though he was 2 of 2 from the field. Not playing for Nebraska on Saturday were Brandon Richardson and Alonzo Edwards. It is not surprising that Alonzo did not get any minutes, but I am surprised to see Brandon not get into the game.

Next up the Huskers are at the Cyclones of Iowa State. This game is a must win if the Huskers have any shot at the NCAA tourney. Iowa State is not very good and Nebraska needs to take advantage of this opportunity to get a road win early in the conference season. If Nebraska can find a way to win on Wednesday they will start 2-0 and be in very good shape to possible reach 9 wins in conference. The game at Ames will be televised on Fox Sport Midwest.

Go Big Red - Corey

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