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Game Day Essentials: Game #13 vs UTSA

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-5) vs Texas San Antonio Roadrunners (7-5)

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Date: Wednesday Dec 20, 2017

Time: 7 pm CST 
Arena: PBA

TV Broadcast:  BTN

 

UTSA Info

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Head Coach: Steve Henson
Location: San Antonio, TX
Conference: Conference USA
Nickname: Roadrunners
Mascot: Rowdy the Roadrunnery
Last time out: Beat Bethany 
Typical Rotation Depth: 8ish
Line: Nebraska by 10.5

 

Tempo: LET IT FLY

Style: High Assists/High 3pt Attempts
4 Factors Good: Not turning the ball over on offense
4 Factors Bad: Killed on defensive boards, putting teams on the FT line

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 51.2 165 50.5 159 50.9
Turnover %: 17.2 74 19.6 156 19.3
Off. Reb. %: 26.0 260 34.6 317 29.2
FTA/FGA: 35.4 148 44.2 317 34.1

 

Shirt not wear: Blue, orange, anything bird related

Fun Fact: UTSA first started playing basketball as a school in 1981. They joined the Atlantic Sun in 1986.  They then moved to the Southland Conference in 1991. After a stopover in the WAC for a year in 2012, they jumped to Conference USA in 2013 after is was raided by the AAC. Got that?

Fun Fact:  HC Steve Henson is an old Big 8 point guard who played for Lon Kruger at Kansas St. Henson has been an assistant under Kruger at  Illinois, the Atlanta Hawks, UNLV, and Oklahoma.

Fun Fact: UTSA has a win in the tourney, beating Alabama St. in a play-in game back in 2011 when they were still in the Southland

 

Halftime: Miles Kids Camp shootaround

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Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

 

Nebraska

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
11 Evan Taylor
6-5  208  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
32 Jordy Tshimanga
6-11  268  So
15.1
 

UTSA

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
5 Giovanni De Nicolao
6-3  175  So
22 Keaton Wallace
6-3  170  Fr
11 Austin Karrer
6-4  190  Sr
3 Byron Frohnen
6-6  215  So
25 Nick Allen
6-8  215  Jr
16.2
 

 

UTSA shoots a ton of 3s yet manages to almost always have someone on the court who doesn't

 

 

 

Players to watch: Nick Allen

The two leading scorers are freshmen guards Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace.  Junior Nick Allen is their most efficient scorer, sporting a 66.7 eFG% against Div 1 opponents. UTSA is lacking in the height department and the 6'8" Allen is the only quasi-post player that's a big threat to score.

 

The Skinny

Welcome to the start of The Three Games They Must Not Lose™ Winter break home stand.  The Huskers are starting to look like a team that could make some noise in conference after the Five Games of Death™ schedule but with only Minnesota in the unexpected outcome column have no error for margin in 2017.

 

The run and gun Roadrunners are one of those pay game teams where they should act as a RPI hack but are also a combination of decent and offensively explosive enough to come in and win; Closer than expected games vs Tulsa, Bradley, and Oklahoma serve as notice.  UTSA will want to turn this into a track meet and while Nebraska will probably get sloppy at times in this one the team is too veteran and too experienced in the ways of fast teams to fall into this trap.  Expect Nebraska defensively to handle PG De Nicolao with Watson and Evan Taylor and Anton Gill to spend their times beating on the two high power guards Jackson and Wallace. The Roadrunners will take and make 3s but the key for Nebraska defensively will be to defend the paint with minimal help and fouling. The length of our frontcourt should be up for the task.

 

Offensively I think you'll see us once again try and get Jordy going to start the game; I think we're looking at these two games as whether or not to relegate Jordy to the bench or even out of the rotation for a game as Stetson seems like the small ball opponent you might try the Copeland/Roby starting lineup.  In the half court you're going to see Nebraska attack the paint all night against the hacking, non-shot blocking Roadrunners. Expect Nebraska to shoot at least 20 and hopefully make the majority.

 

It will be tough to truly put away this team as their entire style is "frantic comeback." What you'd like to see tonight is putting them away enough early as they've capable of scoring  in bunches and hopefully getting something going with our post game.

 

Prediction: Nebraska 80 - UTSA 70


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