Central Arkansas Info
Head Coach: Russ Pennell
Location: Conway, AR
Conference: Southland Conference
Mascot: Victor E. Bear
Last time out: Lost to UNO
Typical Rotation Depth: 8 players
Tempo: BREAK NECK
Offensive Style: Shoot first, ask questions later
Defensive Style: Occasionally
Famous Alumni: Scottie Pippen
Shirt not to wear: Purple, Bear Rug
Fun Fact: Coach Russ Pennell might be better known as the guy who coached for Lute Olson in Arizona for half a year when Lute had to retire due to health issues.
Fun Fact: The womens' teams are known as the Sugar Bears
0 Tai Webster 6-4 199 So
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 215 Jr
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 221 Jr
2 David Rivers 6-7 200 Sr
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 237 Jr
1 Jordan Howard 5-11 180 Fr
30 Michael Martin 6-0 190 Jr
25 Thatch Unruh 6-5 190 Fr
52 Jake Zuilhof 6-9 230 So
21 Joel Fiegler 6-10 200 Jr
Player to Watch: Jordan Howard
On a team trying to figure out an identity, the 5'11' freshman is taking and making the most shots.
One more tune-up game before the first real test of the season at Rhode Island. No offense to Central Arkansas, but they're fresh off of giving up back to back 100 point games against Creighton and UNO. Last season 3rd year coach Corliss "Big Nasty" Williamson left to become an assistant at Sacramento in August leaving assistant Clarence Finley to fill in for a year while a long term replacement was found. First year Coach Russ Pernell has ONE RETURNING PLAYER in addition to 9 new guys on scholarship and a couple of transfers sitting out. The Bears have had at least 6 freshmen see playing time this year.
One thing Nebraska will look to work on is their intensity on rebounding as a small Norse team was consistently beating the Huskers on the glass. Nick Fuller and Jake Hammond currently aren't in the 8 man rotation but will get chances sooner than later if Moses Abraham can't position himself. Probably the biggest question on the fans' minds tonight as the squad tunes up to face Rhode Island is whether the Huskers will run with the Bears or try to dictate tempo? It will probably be somewhere in the middle as Bear misses turn into fast break points. If the Huskers hold Central Arkansas under 60 points, be more impressed than if they score over 100.
Prediction: Nebraska 92 - 65 with a 100% chance of Runzas