I just want to go over the Nebraska team once again, with a little insight into the newest happenings…
At the beginning of the season, Nebraska was looking like a team that was ready to peak. They had what was shaping up to be one of the best front courts in the BIG TEN. They had 3 good bigs, none being All-BIG TEN material, but combined, they were a good looking unit.
The one I thought was the best looking of the 3 was a JC transfer named Andre Almeida. He is aHUGE presence under the rim, listed at 6’11" and 310 (generously). Great passer and good skills, poblem was he was fat and out of shape. Ubel and Diaz were the other 2 bigs that looked good.
Since that time, Almeida had gone on to redshirt this season with bad knees. Diaz had sat out a few weeks with sore feet. Another big guard, 6’5" Dylan Talley was also sidelined with injuries. They went from a really good front court to being undersized very quickly.
Their backcourt is similar to ours. Thier Timmy is named Bo Spencer. He’s a one-and-done transfer from LSU who is playing his senior season. As he goes, so does the Huskers. He’s their leading scorer and leading assist man. Very quick and can get to the rim. McCray is their Jermaine Marshall, who is the second threat.
But, make no mistake, Spencer is THE MAN on that team.
Here’s the problem…
Nebraska had lost it’s first 4 BIG TEN games. But, they were vs #11 Wiscy, vs #17 Mich St, @ #7 OSU, and @ Ill. A VERY TOUGH stretch.
Nebraska just got Diaz and Talley back for the Illinois game, and are looking more like the team that can make some noise. They were leading Illinois IN CHAMPAIGNE at halftime, and actually had the score tied with less than a minute remaining.
Diaz/Ubel are a good 1-2 punch. Diaz is an offensive guy, Ubel is more defensive minded. Diaz is acutally a better shotblocker, but Ubel is a good floor deffender, position establisher, and rebounder.
We are going to be playing a much more dangerous version of the Husker team than they have had in the past month, when Diaz and Talley went down.
They will probably only play 7
PG Spencer - THE man
C/PF Diaz - Big offense
C/PF Ubel - Big defender
G Talley - Big guard, more SF, does it all
G McCray - second scoring option at guard