The Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team is 3-0 for the first time under Fred Hoiberg but there was plenty to improve on in their win over Rider.
Hoiberg’s Heroes are still undefeated and have yet to win by fewer than 14 points this season. Rider might also be the best opponent the Huskers have played in the early part of the season.
Nebraska’s opponents tonight are expected to win their conference. They handled that conference’s presumptive player of the year. And they did both while not coming close to playing their best basketball.
The 64-450 win was one of those that turned into a bit of a laugher late, but its’ one the Nebraska Cornhuskers can build on as well.
Keisei comes back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
The story of the night came about an hour before tipoff, when it was officially announced that Keisei Tominaga would play, and in fact, start on Monday night.
As it should have been expected, the sharpshooter was off his game a bit in his first regular-season appearance. In fact, he was 1-for-9 from three-point land until late in the second half.
Then he came alive just long enough to spark a struggling Huskers team to a run.
With the Nebraska Basketball team only up 47-46, Tominaga drained a three. Then he drained another one. The Huskers scored 11 more straight points, went up 64-46 and cruised from there.
While NU wasn’t quite as strong down low as they were the first two games, Rienk Mast continues to show that he’s going to be a weapon for the Nebraska Cornhuskers this season.
Fresh off his 20 points and 16 rebounds against Florida A&M, Mast scored 12 points and hauled down 13 rebounds on Monday. And he did it while he was having some problems draining shots.
Nebraska Cornhuskers find a way to win
It feels like this was the kind of game that NU loses early in the Fred Hoiberg era. Things started to spin out of control in the second half as Rider got the game to within one.
Previous iterations probably panicked and continued putting up bad shot after bad shot. In a season where many hope the Nebraska Cornhuskers have exorcised those demons, they won a game where they didn’t dominate but played plenty good enough to win.