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November 21, 2010

Gameday: Nebraska vs. Hofstra

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Hofstra Pride
Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. CT
TV: ESPNU / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network
Xavier MusketeersHofstra Pride (1-2, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Conference)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Western Kentucky 62-60
G Charles Jenkins (CAA Player of the Year last season after averaging 20.6 points per game) Sr. 6-3 220
G Mike Moore (averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season) Jr. 6-5 200
G Dwan McMillan (averaged 10 points and eight assists per game Indian Hills (Iowa) CC last year) Jr. 6-1 180
F David Imes (averaging 6.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in first season as a starter) So. 6-7 215
F Greg Washington (averaging a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game) Sr. 6-10 215

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Davidson 70-67
G Lance Jeter (scored a career-high 18 points against Davidson on Friday) Sr. 6-3 222
G Brandon Richardson (Tied for team lead with six steals and is second with eight assists) Jr. 6-0 190
G Toney McCray (averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in first three games) Jr. 6-6 210
F Brandon Ubel (hauled in a career-high nine rounds against Davidson) So. 6-10 240
F Jorge Brian Diaz (only Puerto Rico native playing in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off) So. 6-11 245

Make your shots

There's no debating that the biggest problem facing Nebraska early this season is its inability to make shots from the perimeter. The Huskers have made just two of their past 21 3-point attempts, and they've managed two streaks of at least seven minutes without a field goal in each of the past two games. For NU to get back on track, someone is going to have to step up and start making some shots.
Defend the perimeter

Not only is Nebraska struggling to score from beyond the arc, it's also getting torched by opponents from 3-point range. On Friday, Davidson scored 33 of its 70 points on 11 3-pointers, and Vanderbilt got 24 points from the outside. With the way they're struggling offensively, the Huskers can't afford to let teams get away from them by hitting a flurry of 3s.
Pick up the pace

Based on Friday's game, Nebraska looked far more productive offensively when it ran the court and pushed the tempo. Though their size will be an advantage all season, the Huskers should try and mix things up by running with a smaller lineup and let the likes of Lance Jeter, who's coming off his best game as a Husker, and Toney McCray put their athleticism on display and attack the basket in transition.

Head coach Doc Sadler on the Nebraska's offensive struggles:

"You get some ups and downs and our offensive execution in the two games that we've been down here have been absolutely, beyond…I can't even tell you how bad it is. Maybe it's the defense. I'm sure that's some of it, but a lot of it has to do with us. Until we get it corrected, until we understand how the game has to be played, we're going to struggle."
NU guard Lance Jeter on the importance of Sunday's game:

"It's going to be very critical, because it's motivation. It'd give us motivation going back home for our regular season games and it gives us motivation for practice. We feed off this energy and I feel like once we good a win here, it'll carry over to home."

Nebraska 70-64

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