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3 takeaways from massive Nebraska Basketball win over Iowa



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Nebraska basketball knocked off Iowa on Sunday, clinching a regular-season sweep, and here are three takeaways.

Just when you think the amazing season of Nebraska basketball might come to an end, the Huskers give you a reason to keep believing.

Despite being a double-digit underdog on Sunday at Iowa, the Huskers wrapped up their first-ever regular-season sweep of the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten with an 81-77 victory.

Nebraska basketball trailed by eight points at one point in the second half, however, the Huskers made big shot after big shot. Keisei Tominaga, Derrick Walker, Sam Griesel, CJ Wilcher, Jamarques Lawrence, Wilhelm Briedenbach and of course, Sam Hoiberg, all made big shots and big plays in key moments.

Two clutch triples by Hoiberg helped the Huskers take the lead in the second half. Wilcher’s late three was maybe the biggest shot of his career and in a season of defining wins, Fred Hoiberg has another.

Love when the Huskers prove me wrong

I predicted Nebraska to cover the spread, but I said specifically that I didn’t think the Huskers would win a 3-point battle against Iowa and that’s exactly what they did. Six different players made shots from beyond the arc. Jamarques Lawrence made five.

Four Nebraska basketball players made multiple 3-pointers and none were Keisei Tominaga. It was a stellar performance. The defense got just enough stops late and while rebounding was an issue, Nebraska found a way to get just enough at the end.

The Sam Hoiberg charge, the one he took was huge and the importance of this win is hard to overstate.

Nebraska basketball NIT hopes are alive and well

Nebraska can’t finish with a losing record this season. At worst, the Huskers would be 16-16 if they lost in the Big Ten opener and with all of their wins over NCAA tournament teams — including three on the road in Rutgers, Iowa, and Creighton. Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland, and Iowa were also beaten at the Vault.

The Huskers have a lot of quality wins. They should match up with Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament and a win in that game clinches a winning season.

Nebraska has played like an NCAA tournament team over the past month and deserves to play in the postseason. Win another game and that should become locked in.

Fred Hoiberg has proven his worth

I know it’s one season, but I think this is a glimpse of what’s to come under Fred Hoiberg. Lawrence looks like a star and even got a shout out from Tom Izzo on Tuesday.

We don’t know what the future holds for Tominaga. But another season of playing how he has for the past month could give him a shot to get drafted. You add him to Lawrence, Sam Hoiberg, and CJ Wilcher, and you have some solid guard play.

Add a transfer point guard and another solid big and this should be pretty good once again next season. There are a number of players who were outstanding. Griesel played one of his best games and made three triples. Derrick Walker was tough as hell and Wilcher had one of his best games too.

Hoiberg started the season on the hot seat, but now, he’s got a chance to build on this momentum and if Nebraska can make the NIT, it won’t be an easy out.

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Nebraska Basketball: Guard Denim Dawson enters transfer portal



Nebraska basketball redshirt freshman Denim Dawson entered the transfer portal on Wednesday, as more moves continue to be made within the basketball team. This was first reported by 247Sports’ Travis Branham.

Dawson had his moments for Nebraska basketball this season. He made his first start against Purdue back in December. He had three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of play. He then was able to continue his strong play in the second half of the season when he had seven points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. Dawson was active on the glass against Penn State when he recorded nine rebounds.

It could be said that Dawson never had a fair chance to crack the rotation due to the players in front of him. Nevertheless, Dawson had raw athletic ability, and it was easy to see why he was recruited to the program.

Dawson was a three-star recruit and was the 32nd overall player in the state of California for the 2022 class.

What does this move mean for Nebraska basketball?

This move makes sense for Dawson, as Nebraska basketball has several guards on the roster already. Jamarques Lawrence is one of them, and he was able to take on a big role for the program. This is a case of there being too many mouths to feed on the roster. The emergence of Lawrence also probably played a bit of a role as the latter looks to be a staple for the program.

It will be interesting to see where Dawson ends up. He is certainly a talented player, but Nebraska basketball was not the right fit for him at this time.

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Podcast: What’s next for Nebraska Basketball after missing NIT?



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Our latest podcast discusses whether Nebraska Basketball should have missed the NIT, look at what’s next, and more.

It’s the start of another week, Husker fans, and in terms of the Nebraska basketball team, we got some disappointing news on Sunday night.

Nebraska was on the NIT bubble even before its loss to Minnesota last week in the Big Ten tournament. While some NIT projections had the Huskers barely making it in the field, Nebraska basketball was left on the outside looking in.

Chris Peterson and Danny Jaillet are each on the show in their usual spot and offer up their thoughts on whether Nebraska basketball was treated fairly. The loss to Minnesota was bad, but Nebraska also beat Maryland, Penn State, Creighton, and Iowa (twice) — all teams that made the NCAA tournament.

The Huskers also beat Wisconsin and Rutgers, two teams that made the NIT. The loss to Minnesota was bad but the Huskers had a quality resume. However, their 16-16 record wasn’t all that impressive and again, that’s where the loss to Minnesota hurt.

What’s next for Nebraska basketball?

Now that the season is officially over for the Huskers, we can look toward the future. The biggest question is what will Keisei Tominaga do? Will he return for another season, or go to Japan?

There is hope the Huskers can do some things with NIL, although Keisei is limited to earning “passive income” such as money from jersey sales. He can’t actively promote products. It’s always possible things could change with those NIL rules, but at the end of the day, if money is the driving factor, Japan is probably the best bet.

Tominaga has become a star over there. He’s also a star to Nebraska basketball fans and could have as big a following next season as any Husker — ever.

I’m not saying he would be the best player by any means, but social media didn’t exist when Tyronn Lue was around for instance. It would be fun regardless. Nebraska basketball also needs to add some transfers.

We talk about all that and more. We also touch on Nebraska football recruiting, so check out the full episode of the Husker Big Red Podcast below:

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Nebraska Basketball season ends with defensive thud vs. Gophers



Nebraska basketball lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a 78-75 margin on Wednesday night. There were several crucial plays towards the end of the game. The basketball bouncing off of Sam Griesel while Nebraska tried to score was a difficult break. Two illegal screens in a row also did not help matters. Nevertheless, there was one major theme. The defense struggled throughout the evening.

It wasn’t as if Nebraska had answers for Minnesota either. Minnesota shot 51.9% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc.

One of the biggest problems for Nebraska on Wednesday night was being able to stop scores from the inside. Minnesota was able to have their way inside in several aspects. Minnesota freshman Pharrel Payne had six points and four rebounds on the evening. On the other end of the floor, he played solid defensively, shutting down Nebraska big man Derrick Walker.

Jaden Henley and Dawson Garcia had their way inside as well. They finished with 14 and 18 points respectively. They were able to pick apart the Nebraska basketball defense with quick passes and their ability to muscle inside. To be frank, Nebraska basketball had no answer for the inside game, and it became clear that this was going to be a major problem throughout the course of the game.

The defense inside the paint was not the only problem. Nebraska basketball struggled all night in terms of rotations and not getting to the shooter quick enough. They were unable to close out on a player such as Garcia, and he made them pay, going seven-of-13 from the field. He gave Minnesota the lead on a three-ball with 8:35 left in the first half, and the Gophers never looked back.

The aggressive rotations and aggressiveness overall that Nebraska displayed all season defensively was missing. They did not have the defensive energy to match Minnesota and it was noticeable early on. Minnesota was able to play however they wanted offensively, and they were able to establish their dominance inside, opening up space for perimeter shooters. It looked like a cat playing with a mouse.

It was a defensive thud to end the season for Nebraska basketball. Now the offseason begins and questions remain unanswered.

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