There were some positives for Nebraska basketball on Sunday.
It was another tough one on the court for Nebraska basketball on Sunday. Nevertheless, there were some positive performances to take away from the game. In what was a heartbreaking 79-78 loss at the hands of Northwestern, Kobe Webster had a career day.
Webster finished the game with 23 points on eight-of-16 shooting. In addition, he also proved to be a good playmaker on Sunday, recording five assists. Something that was encouraging to see was his accuracy from behind the arc. He went seven-of-12 behind the three-point line. It was truly fun to watch. He was in the zone throughout the entire game, and he brought life to a Nebraska basketball team that was down by 16 points at one point in the game.
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Particularly in the second half, he could tell that he was feeling it. He felt very comfortable with his shot. This allowed Nebraska have a primary scorer. Coincidentally, or perhaps not all, Webster was able to really get involved when Nebraska basketball moved the ball around. They were able to get him good looks in places that he was comfortable, and he made the most of it.
It was really nice to see him be able to get into a groove and make the most of his opportunities. The past couple of games, we have gotten used to Trey McGowens taking over. Webster has usually been the spark off the bench.
Sunday, Webster was able to take center stage and he took it by storm. He was efficient, and he got it done from beyond the arc. The latter is something that Nebraska basketball has struggled to be able to do consistently. Webster’s efficiency in itself was great to see.
This performance by Webster was encouraging to me, because this is something that he could parlay into the first game of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Penn State. Perhaps even bigger than that, this could have been his last regular-season game as a member of the Nebraska basketball program. As a senior, he does have the option to play again next year. I hope that he does come back, however I do not want to make any major speculations until he makes an announcement.
In the meantime, Sunday was as pure Kobe Webster as you could get. He showed exactly what makes him so special. He was a man on a mission, and he almost single-handedly delivered the win for Nebraska basketball.