Nebraska basketball shows more positive signs in latest scrimmage

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 28: Glynn Watson Jr. /

The Nebraska basketball team hasn’t played an official game yet but the preseason has brought some good vibrations.

The first official exhibition game for the Nebraska basketball game is still over a week away but the Huskers have managed to play two scrimmages that should have the fanbase at least hopeful. Over the weekend, the Cornhuskers took on Iowa State in a “closed” scrimmage and they beat the Cyclones 92-84.

Much like the scrimmage against Mississippi State earlier this month, the “victory” means nothing when it comes to the record books. Being 2-0 against two other Power 5 conference teams could be a bit of a confidence boost though.

Among the highlights for the Huskers is another solid outing by highly touted transfer James Palmer. The forward scored 23 points against ISU thanks to 6-12 shooting from the field and 10-11 shooting from the free throw line. That performance is a follow up to a 17-point performance against Mississippi State.

If nothing else, it appears that Palmer is the scoring option the Huskers were sorely missing a year ago. Another positive sign is Glynn Watson. The Nebrasketball point guard who is going to be counted on to have a big season scored 19 thanks to 6-9 shooting. That included Watson going 3 for 5 from beyond the three-point arc.

Jack McVeigh, who could be a big weapon off the bench if he can find his long-range touch this year, added 17 points and drained all four three-point attempts he tried. None of this means the Huskers are going to one of the best teams in the country this year.

It doesn’t even mean they are guaranteed to be any good. At the same time, both Iowa State and Mississippi State are expected to at least be solid, if not spectacular basketball teams this season.

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We aren’t far away from the Nebraska basketball team’s first official game. They kick off the regular season against two cupcakes in Eastern Illinois and North Texas. We might get a look at just how good the Cornhuskers basketball team is going to be starting on November 16 when they play in the Gavitt Tipoff tournament.