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    uneblinstu's postgame chatter: vol 15, ed 24: vs Penn State

    Since nobody else seems to want to start the Thread!


    Fred's GRIT; No QUIT, Huskers    :Salute:




    Keisei, Lawrence & Coach Hoiberg Post-game Presser @ the twitter link.  (sorry, I can't get the video to embed)



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    That was an impressive win.  Seriously.

    With all the adversity, the coaching performance from Fred Hoiberg & Co. to get this win is exceptional.

    Since Coach Matt Rhule was in attendance, let’s call the Husker coaching effort in this game, “elite”!

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    1 minute ago, Handy Johnson said:

    Oh Yeah, I’ve had a Season Ticket for 5 years now. 

    Did you try the DoorDash 'Order from your seat' menu?



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    46 minutes ago, busticket said:

    Fred did an excellent job managing our rotation this game.  It’s almost like he has figured out who our reliable players are.  Lawrence really has taken a big step forward.  Sam Hoiberg is such a breath of fresh air…the kid is a very smart player.  Walker is still struggling a bit but we need the big guy.  

    I thought Fred did an excellent job of minimizing the negative plays when Wilcher and Breidenbach were in.  As soon as the bad plays started happening the core guys came back in.  Really one of the best jobs managing the game that Fred had done here.

    Very good point - have to believe the coaches used the extra couple of days between games to really dive into which rotations were hurting us. They minimized the number of minutes we had bad defensive groups out there together. Granted, it's also easier to do that when we don't have foul trouble.


    Loved the urgency and pace we played with today on offense - probably another coaching tweak. Rather than burning shot clock with the weave up top that had little purpose, we were cutting and screening with urgency today early in the shot clock, especially the first 10 minutes. Not surprising we couldn't keep up that pace, but that early offensive burst basically won the game. 


    Ultimately, even as good as Keisei and Lawrence were offensively, we won that game on D. Looked far more like what we did defensively with Gary & Bandoumel available earlier in the year. PSU did miss some open 3s, but we have to have that kind of help in most conference games. 


    Only allowed 8 second chance points, 0 fast break points by limiting the live ball turnovers, and kept PSU off the FT line. That's a good recipe for this team, along with the extra offensive urgency.


    I'm sure PSU took us pretty lightly, but we still had to go out and take advantage of that. Feels good to win in February - haven't done that very much the past few years.


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    KT is one of the more fun players we’ve had the opportunity to watch in some time.  His shooting + funny antics really make him a hoot.  Love the guy.  Can’t believe people wanted him gone.  He has completely taken on the role many thought CJ would play this year.  Both shooting and cuts to the hoop.

    Today is what I think a lot of people had in mind when talking about taking advantage of our opportunities down the stretch.  There’s some wins out there to be had.


    Remember all the games we started off slowwww and wondered “what if” later? Imagine had we did what we did to start today in those games.


    Sam H could be a sneaky good role player in a year or two.  One to watch for sure.


    Today doesn’t do much for me in terms of how I’m feeling about the season or how Fred’s done so far… but… great job and congrats to the coaching staff for picking this one up.  Realistically we could sneak in 14-15 wins if things really bounced our way.

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    Loved what Jamarques Lawrence brings to the table, he is a better-shooting version of a young Manny Bando. He'll get there eventually defensively to Bandoumel's status as an elite defender. Really has been a big sparkplug for NU to have him out there making plays along with Sam Hoiberg, as well, in that role for this squad. Also good to see that C.J. performing poorly has him seated firmly on the pine. Over the prior couple of seasons Fred had to play dudes who were significantly struggling & that affected results in a very negative light. Maybe Hoiberg has figured out how much "heart & hustle" it takes to get dubs in the Big Ten. I hope this team soars toward the finish line in 2023, despite the long odds, and wins a bunch in the final month plus.



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    Notes from UNL


    • Keisei Tominaga scored a career-high 30 points. His performance was the first 30-point game by a Husker since Alonzo Verge had 31 points against Michigan on Dec. 7, 2021. It marked his third 20-point game of the season. Before today, Tominaga’s career high was 23, most recently against Boston College on Nov. 30.
    • Tominaga’s five 3-pointers was a season high for any Husker. Tominaga was also the last Husker to have five 3-pointers in a game at NC State on Dec. 1, 2021
    • The Huskers shot 53 percent from the field in the win, marking the Huskers’ eighth game this season shooting 50 percent or better. The field goal percentage was NU’s second-highest mark in Big Ten play this season.
    • Nebraska committed a season-low seven turnovers in the game. The Huskers’ previous low had been nine turnovers on three separate occasions, most recently at Penn State on Jan. 21.
    • Jamarques Lawrence narrowly missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. His 11 points were one shy of his career high, while his nine rebounds were a career high. Lawrence also had a career-high two steals and matched his career high with three assists.
    • Derrick Walker filled up the stat line with nine points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists. He also had seven assists at Minnesota on Jan. 7.
    • The win marked NU’s first home win over Penn State since 2019. NU had lost the last two matchups in Lincoln.
    • Nebraska’s 72 points was its highest total since scoring 81 in an overtime win at Minnesota on Jan. 7
    • Nebraska held Penn State to 40 percent shooting, the ninth time NU has held an opponent to 40 percent or less from the field
    • Nebraska out-rebounded Penn State, 33-32, and is 4-0 in conference games when out-rebounding its opponent.
    • Nebraska never trailed in the game and led for all but 1:16. For the first time this season, the Huskers never trailed in a Big Ten game. Overall, it was the fourth time Nebraska has not trailed in a game this season.
    • The Huskers shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the first half, their best shooting performance in the first half of a Big Ten game this season.
    • In the first half, Tominaga scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He then scored 16 points in the second half on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line.
    • Seth Lundy made eight 3-pointers for the Nittany Lions. The eight treys were a Penn State program record and tied the Pinnacle Bank Arena record. Minnesota’s Malik Smith in 2014 and Wisconsin’s Brad Davison in 2020 also knocked down eight in Lincoln.

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