Nebraska Basketball: 3 takeaways from Huskers loss to Minnesota

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Nebraska still has issues with depth and the lack of a true big man

Nebraska has one of the best starting fives in the Big Ten, there is no question about that. Roby, Copeland, Palmer and Watson are all very good players. Thomas Allen is solid too.

However, after those guys, the depth gets pretty thin. Brady Heiman did offer the Huskers a glimpse of hope last night as he put together some solid minutes with nine points and five rebounds against the Gophers.

That could be important because after last night it’s clear how teams with size can take on the Huskers. Not only did Minnesota impose its will around the basket, but it also dominated on the boards out-rebounding NU 37-29. The Gophers also grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, including one on the final possession that clinched the game.

Nebraska has a talented squad, but they don’t have a legit big man inside. Maybe Heiman can turn into that at some point this season, but if not, the Huskers have to roll with what they have. Unfortunately, against big, physical teams, they may have some issues matching up.