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November 26, 2011

Gameday: Nebraska vs. South Dakota State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 1:05 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

South Dakota State (4-2)
Streak: Won 3
Last Game: Defeated Mercer 74-61
G Nate Wolters (leads team with 20.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game) Jr. 6-3 190
G Chad White (averaging 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game) So. 6-6 210
G Brayden Carlson (averaging 7.0 ppg) So. 6-4 212
F Griffan Callahan (second leading scorer with 10.3 ppg and rebounder at 5.7 rpg) Sr. 6-4 200
F Tony Fiegen (scoring 8.7 ppg and hauling in 4.0 rpg) Jr. 6-7 220

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (3-1)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Oregon 83-76
G Bo Spencer (leads team with 15.5 ppg along with 3.3 assists per game) Sr. 6-2 196
G Brandon Richardson (averaging team-best 3.8 apg) Sr. 6-0 190
G Caleb Walker (scoring 10.5 ppg and hauling in 5.0 rpg) Sr. 6-4 205
G Brandon Ubel (scored a career-high 15 points against Oregon) Jr. 6-10 235
F Jorge Brian Diaz (led NU with 21 points, six rebounds and four blocks against Oregon) Jr. 6-11 244

Defend the paint

Head coach Doc Sadler said there may not have been a bigger factor in Nebraska's loss to Oregon than the number of times the Huskers let the Ducks get the ball in the lane. Along with 18 points in the paint, the Ducks got at least 30 good touches inside on Wednesday. South Dakota State may not have the biggest frontcourt NU will see this season, but the Jackrabbits do have big, physical guards who aren't afraid to go inside with the ball. The Huskers are going to do a much better job of closing off the lane and making SDSU settle for longer jump shots.
Keep feeding the post

Junior center Jorge Brian Diaz had his best game in almost two seasons against Oregon, has he showed the type of offensive threat he can be when he gets into a groove. The same can be said for junior forward Brandon Ubel, as he was 5-of-7 from the floor against the Ducks. Especially against a team so mismatched in terms of size in the post, Nebraska would be well served to keep on going to its big men and letting them take advantage.
Rebound, rebound, rebound

Along with letting Oregon seemingly get the ball down low at will, Nebraska gave some crucial offensive rebounds down the stretch that allowed the Ducks to far too many chances at second-chance points. The Huskers had the same problems against Rhode Island, as the Rams picked up a number of offensive boards off of longer shots to extend possessions. Nebraska needs to be much better on the boards not only today, but especially moving forward on into the start of Big Ten Conference play.

Head coach Doc Sadler on the mistakes Nebraska made against Oregon:

"It is more what we didn't do. There has been so much talk and things written about how much offense we got and how much offense we have. Guys, we scored 76, and that's a lot of offense but you aren't going to win any games. We have to understand that you still have to protect that lane on the defensive end. We obviously did not do that."
Junior guard Dylan Talley on the Huskers' defensive effort against the Ducks:

"I think we played good defense. We played hard, but we fouled a lot and we didn't rebound as a team. We have up a lot of boards, and I know that hurt us. I think we played hard from the initial possession, but they just out toughed us on the boards."

Nebraska 74-62

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