For the first time since the Devaney Center opened in 1976, the Huskers christened a new basketball venue in Lincoln, NE. For the most part, any time that the Husker Men’s Basketball team has attended a christening of a new basketball venue, it does not go well for them and results in a loss to the other team. This was not the case on November, 8 game against Florida Gulf Coast where the Huskers won 79-55.
The Pinnacle Bank Arena recently opened in the Lincoln, NE area in the hopes of bringing in new concert acts, hosting more basketball matchups, and helping to grow the economy of this area. So far the arena has hosted acts such as Pink and Elton John in addition to the recent win by the Husker basketball team.
Not only were the men’s basketball team able to keep ahead of the Florida Gulf Coast team, they even had some leads that were as large as 18 points and at one point was as much as 34 point ahead of the other team with just over 5 minutes left to play.
According to Shavon Shields, a sophomore forward for the Cornhuskers, the team put forward a great effort together. He said “It was a great team effort and a great win to start the opening of the new arena. We were feeding off the fans and the energy in the place. That kind of catapulted us.”
Perhaps the energy from the great Nebraska fans is what helped them to make it to victory. According to Tim Miles, Nebraska basketball coach, the Huskers had not been playing all that well in practice leading up to this important game. Miles stated that “We haven’t always shown that in practice. We played better than we have practiced.”
This shows once again that having a great fan base can make all of the difference between how well your team can do on the field. And with one of the best fan bases in the country, it is no wonder that the Husker basketball team came out on top during this game.