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    uneblinstu's Post Game Chatter: ed 8, Preamble


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      I'll begin with the caveat that I had to leave at the first media timeout of the second half.

       

      - I'll start by saying that there was an awful lot to like about what we saw tonight. The other caveat to throw out was that Northern State wasn't very good. Maybe they'll hold up better when they get into their regular season, but they were just over matched tonight. Nebraska did what they were supposed to do vs. a team like that, which isn't something we haven't always been able to say in games like this. That's a good place to start.

    - After the exhibition last year, I was left with a sense of worry. There was just something missing. I hoped they'd get it figured out as the season went a long and they never did. Today, I felt the exact opposite. They looked a lot more like a TEAM. This team, barring injuries, will play after the Big Ten Tournament. I don't know where, but they'll get some postseason tournament experience somewhere.
    - The offensive flow was better than last year, quite a bit, but there's still a lot of room for improvement there. I'd still like to see them push more in transition. With the athletes we'll be able to put on the floor, we should be able to be good there. I think we'll need to be if we want to win games. By the end of the year, I think this team will be a lot of fun to watch.
    - The group of Shields, White, Webster, Parker, Morrow and Watson is a group that can win some games, maybe a lot of them. Who from McVeigh, Jacobsen, Evelyn, Hammond and Fuller will emerge to take the last two or three spots in the rotation?
    - Webster looked as assertive as I've seen him as a Husker. If that continues, every prediction for NU will come up short.
    - Senior Shavon looked a lot more like the Sophomore version rather than the Junior version. That's a welcome sight.
    - White was really good. Have some concerns on the defensive end when he faces Big Ten level competition. He looked good offensively, which was the knock on him, how would he do when the lights came on? After one game that doesn't count, he looked just fine.
    - Hammond needs to figure out how to defend without fouling. If he does that, he can contribute.
    - Still not seeing where Fuller its in.
    - Parker is a cult hero.
    - Didn't get to see much from McVeigh and Jacobsen while I was there, maybe they did more after I left, can't comment much here.
    - Morrow and Watson are going to be a blast to watch.

     

    After the exhibition, I feel better about this team than I did before it. I'm anxious to see how they look on Saturday. Hopefully the football team takes care of business so the crowd isn't more depressed than it needs to be.

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    Interesting post game from Coach. He said he is going to have meetings with players about possible redshirts. Also, said he might have to play all 3 big men due to their fouling.

    This is just a hunch, but I wouldn't be surprised if McVeigh and Evelyn Redshirt. Could they contribute this year? Absolutely. But we're at a point now were we can stockpile talent, and imagine a bigger stronger version of those two. We are entering the Renaissance of Nebraska Basketball my friends...

    McVeigh won't redshirt.

     

    Yeah, you don't redshirt a guy who got a double-double in his first college action and who hit 38% from a deeper Euro three-point line during the Spain trip, especially when you need shooters. 

     

    As much as I think Jack might benefit from a redshirt and be a huge stud in year 5, this team needs him enough right now that I can't see him sitting a year.

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    Interesting post game from Coach. He said he is going to have meetings with players about possible redshirts. Also, said he might have to play all 3 big men due to their fouling.

    This is just a hunch, but I wouldn't be surprised if McVeigh and Evelyn Redshirt. Could they contribute this year? Absolutely. But we're at a point now were we can stockpile talent, and imagine a bigger stronger version of those two. We are entering the Renaissance of Nebraska Basketball my friends...
    McVeigh won't redshirt.

    Yeah, you don't redshirt a guy who got a double-double in his first college action and who hit 38% from a deeper Euro three-point line during the Spain trip, especially when you need shooters.

    As much as I think Jack might benefit from a redshirt and be a huge stud in year 5, this team needs him enough right now that I can't see him sitting a year.

    Jack will definitely be able to contribute meaningful minutes this season.

    I have heard Evelyn could go either way. Not sure if they're going to leave it up to him or not.

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    I don't see any way that McVeigh redshirts this year. The team needs his length and his perimeter shooting. He's been hitting 39% of his threes in practice, FWIW. Doesn't mean he'll do it in games, but he can shoot. He also has a 7' wingspan, which is a defensive asset. Jack's a versatile player who offers too much to sit on the bench IMO.

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    I know we have mentioned "Jayskers" on here in a negative way.  Based off this discussion on Facebook from Kent posting a video highlights of the game. , I'd think Andrew White is the only legitimate Jaysker...and in a totally positive light.

     

     
    Mike James: That's What An Authentic Jaysker Looks Like! #WhiteKnight
     
     
    Kent Pavelka: Note: Mike's comment above refers to Andrew White: Jayhawk/Husker.
     
     
    Mike James: A Young Man Switching Jerseys in November to Build A Legacy, Not Switching Sports to Jump on A Bandwagon....
     
     

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    They only two I see redshirting are Evelyn and Trueblood, but I think people who could USE a redshirt include Hammond, McVeigh (mostly for strength and weight), and Jacobson (haven't seen enough of him to know really). But I don't think those three will redshirt because we need them and they are good enough to contribute now. Hammond really should've redshirted last year (in retrospect) but we probably figured we would need him more last year than we did. Or a more honest way to put it would be - Miles didn't feel comfortable enough with him throughout the year to play him more than he played.

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