Nebraska Basketball: Jervay Green impresses in loss to Rutgers

Nebraska Basketball received good production from Green.

It was a tough day for Nebraska basketball on Saturday, but there were some good things to come out of the loss. Aside from the performance of Cam Mack, one other player stood out to me. Jervay Green made a noticeable impact, and that is something to keep an eye on as conference play continues.

For the game, Green was five-of-seven from the field. he was unsuccessful from the free-throw line, missing both free throws. However, he finished with 11 points on the afternoon, and he managed to help keep Nebraska basketball in this game.

Green has had a wild season. From looking like a key part of the program to being suspended for a violation of team rules, he has had an up-and-down season. The 11 points he scored was tied for his biggest output since December 4 against Georgia Tech.

When you watch them play, there is no doubt that he fits very well in this offense. He possesses the same type of explosion heading to the basket that Cam Mack and Dachon Burke do. It is quite impressive to see him move with the basketball.

Saturday’s hard-fought game was a team effort. Nebraska had scoring from everywhere, but it was nice to see Green get into a bit of a rhythm. Saturday, he showed what he can do when given the opportunity.

I personally would like to see him come off the bench, because then it gives the bench depth. It’s not a reflection on his skill set so much as it is trying to have a strong lineup once the starters come out. It will be interesting to see how Hoiberg toys with the lineups over the next couple of weeks.

If he can keep making the most of his opportunities, I would expect to see more playing time in his future. There is no doubt that he is a talented player. In particular, he is very even in terms of production. Averaging 8.1 points per game on the year, he averages 8.3 points per game at home and 7.8 points per game on the road. That production on the road is going to be crucial as  conference play continues and even during the Big 10 Tournament.

I’m excited to see what he can do for the rest of the year. He definitely has talent, now it’s all about him making the most of his opportunities.

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