Following the rather good news that a Juwan Gary wasn't out for the season, the last week has seen Nebraska basketball faithful wondering when the forward would return to action. Turns out it won't be Saturday morning against Maryland.
Earlier this week, Huskers head coach Fred Hoiberg made it clear he didn't expect Gary back yet. This morning, the Nebraska basketball team made it official. The Big Ten availability report has three Huskers "out" of the game.
Juwan Gary, Ahron Ulis and Ramel Lloyd Jr will sit out against the Terapins. Blaise Kaeta remains "questionable" though Hoiberg also made it clear that for the moment Kaeta's questionable is more "only available in an emergency."
It's not known just what that emergency would be. A decent assumption would be if injuries or ejections led to the Cornhuskers not being able to out five men on the court otherwise.
Ulis, Lloyd and Kaeta have not played a minute of the 2023-24 season and it's seeming increasingly likely that Lloyd and Ulis won't see any action in the next few months.
Ulis has been sitting out after transferring from Iowa due to an NCAA investigation into players gambling on thier own team's games. For now it doesn't appear there's going to be any resolution before the season is over.
Nebraska basketball has big job in stopping Maryland's best player
The Terps have one player sitting out the game in Chance Stephens. Like Uhlis Lloyd and Kaeta, Stephens hasn't played in a game this season after having a fairly solid freshman season for Maryland.
One player who is healthy and set to cause havoc against the Nebraska basketball team is Jahmir Young. The guard is one of the best players in the Big Ten, leading the team in scoring (20.8 points per game) while also hauling down 4 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists per game.
As the Nebraska basketball team continues to make its case for the NCAA tournament, the program knows that a road win in the conference would be an important step forward. That's easier said than done.