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3 takeaways from Nebraska Basketball win over Maryland



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Nebraska basketball notched its third straight win and beat one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. Here are three takeaways.

The Nebraska basketball revival is real and the evidence is sitting right in front of us after the Huskers won their third straight Big Ten game via a 70-66 win over Maryland.

Maryland came into Lincoln as the No. 18 team in the Kenpom rankings. The Terps are going to the NCAA tournament and just beat Purdue earlier this week.

However, The Vault was rocking. Nebraska basketball fans are engaged and this team has them believing. There were ups and downs including an 11-0 run that allowed Maryland to take the lead. The Terps even went up by as many as eight points with just over seven minutes to go after a Julian Reese follow.

On top of that, Nebraska was plagued with injuries and foul trouble. Still, the Huskers found a way. Sam Hoiberg was huge. So were Keisei Tominaga and Derrick Walker. There were so many little things Nebraska did to help win this game such as Hoiberg and Blaise Keita taking charges in overtime.

It was an impressive effort and there’s no doubt, Nebraska isn’t changing the head coach anytime soon. Here are three takeaways from another huge win.

Keisei Tominaga is a superstar

For the fifth straight game, Tominaga scored at least 20 points. He did it differently as he only made two triples but he was crafty around the basket with his cuts and made some crucial free throws late.

Not only can Tominaga shoot but the way he moves without the ball is spectacular. He’s as good as anyone I’ve seen in the Big Ten all season.

Japanse TV was covering the game and you can tell the kid is going to be a superstar over there. I’m worried about a pro team trying to steal him with a big contract, so I hope the Huskers convince him to stay. He’s got a huge following with Nebraska — just listen to the introductions — and he’s the first guy since Tyron Lue to score 20 in five straight games.

Flat out, Tominaga could be one of the most exciting players in recent Nebraska basketball history and the No. 1 priority for this offseason is making sure he returns, because this winning streak doesn’t happen without him.

Derrick Walker and Sam Griesel will be missed

Tominaga is the fan favorite right now, but the Huskers don’t win any of these games without the toughness and leadership of Derrick Walker and Sam Griesel.

Griesel, Walker, and Tominaga carried the offense, scoring 55 of the 70 points. They attempted 40 field goals and made 19 of them. Walker scored 23 points, grabbed seven boards, and had six assists. He was spectacular.

Fred Hoiberg found something in Walker and whenever Nebraska basketball was able to get him the ball in the middle of the floor, good things happened. Undoubtedly, Walker is one of the best big men in the league and it was a genius design on the play that forced overtime. Fred didn’t get cute. He went with what worked all game.

What’s interesting is that neither Walker nor Griesel were top-100 recruits. Yet, they are key players on a team that has a viable path to the NIT or maybe even double-digit Big Ten wins.

It shows you don’t have to recruit superstars. You need to find guys who are going to play for a few years and develop. Fred Hoiberg, I think has figured out how to win in the Big Ten, and putting together three straight wins with two starters out for the season is impressive.

Nebrasketball is back

I know the Huskers haven’t achieved anything. But being 14-14 at this point in the season and winning as many Big Ten games as the past two seasons is a huge achievement. More than anything, Nebraska has revived The Vault.

That was a special atmosphere on Sunday and it’s been like that all season. Nebraska fans are desperate for a winner and this team is giving them something to cheer about. For the first time in years, there is a reason to be a dedicated Nebraska basketball fan and it’s refreshing.

There are three games left in the regular season and two at home. Buckle up, the ride isn’t over, and also for the first time in years, I have hope for the future of Husker basketball.

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5 transfer portal targets that make sense for Nebraska Basketball



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Nebraska basketball needs to hit the transfer portal hard and here are five targets that make sense for the Huskers.

It’s transfer portal season and for Nebraska basketball, it’s an important time. The Huskers have a number of needs to fill and two of their best players — Derrick Walker and Sam Griesel have exhausted their eligibility.

Nebraska basketball might lose Keisei Tominaga too. There hasn’t been much word on the Japanese star since the end of the season. If Tominaga returns, the outlook feels much brighter for Nebraska in 2023-24, but the Huskers still need a big, a point guard and they could use a wing.

With that in mind, here are five transfer portal targets for Nebraska basketball that make sense.

Kerr Kriisa, PG

Kerr Kriisa is a former top-100 point guard that has entered the transfer portal and according to reports, he was in Nebraska on Tuesday for an official visit.

That’s huge news for the Huskers because they have a big need at point guard. Jamarques Lawrence is more of a combo guard and I would love to see him starting at the two.

Nebraska needs someone who can replace Griesel and while Kriisa is a much different player, he would be a good fit for Nebraska. The 93rd overall recruit in the 2020 class has averaged over 4.7 assists in each of the past two seasons, as well as making more than two 3-pointers per game in those two seasons as well.

Kriisa turns the ball over a little too much and he’s not an elite defender by any means, but he can shoot the ball and he’s a good facilitator. He’s also one of the top point guards in the transfer portal and Fred Hoiberg getting him on campus for a visit is huge.

Hopefully, things will keep moving in a positive direction.

Kadin Shedrick, Center

When it comes to the center position, the top of my list is Kadin Shedrick, a center from Virginia who just entered the transfer portal this week.

The Huskers need someone who can score down low. Derrick Walker was one of the best back-to-the-basket players in the Big Ten and Shedrick would be a great replacement in that regard as he is a career 63-percent shooter from the field and has made 64.7 percent of his career 2-point attempts.

Shedrick would also upgrade the defense. Walker was a solid rebounder but Nebraska basketball didn’t really have any rim protectors last season and Shedrick averaged 1.9 blockers per game for the Cavs last season. For his career, he averages 17 minutes and 1.5 blocks, so that’s elite in terms of rim protection.

Nebraska has reached out to Shedrick. Landing him won’t be easy and it sounds like Indiana is going to make a strong push but you never know.

Dalton Knecht, combo forward

Dalton Knecht is one of my favorite players in the portal and he would be a perfect fit for Nebraska basketball. The Huskers have also reached out here, yet the former Northern Colorado forward is going to be one of the hottest targets in the portal.

Knecht averaged 20.2 points per game last season and made 38 percent of his 3-pointers. He also shot more than six triples per game and made 2.4. He also shot 47.9 percent overall from the field and also dished out 1.7 assists per game, in addition to grabbing more than seven boards a night.

Now, the Big Ten is much different from the Big Sky. You wonder if the 6-foot-6 forward will have the same success in the Big Ten and in terms of finishing around the rim, he won’t.

However, I still think he has all the tools to be a really effective player and one that could easily average double figures. He would also be a great addition alongside Juwan Gary and would give the Huskers another versatile forward that can rebound.

Josiah Allick, power forward

Allick is a 6-foot-8 power forward that played for New Mexico last season but is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He played for Kansas City for three seasons in the Summit League before having a really good campaign with the Lobos last year. He’s undersized like Derrick Walker, but he made 64 percent of his 2-point attempts last season, grabbed more than seven rebounds per game, and blocked 0.8 shots.

While Allick might be a little undersized for the center position, he’s really not that different than Walker and his ability to score in the post is elite.

It will be interesting to see if the Huskers can lure him back to Nebraska, but they need low-post scoring and Allick woud be a great option, especially since he has ties to the state.

Chance McMillian, combo guard

The former Grand Canyon player put together three solid seasons and this past year, he averaged 10.9 points per game and 44 percent from 3-point range. McMillian is 6-foot-2 and was listed as a point guard by 247 sports coming out of high school.

He averaged 2.1 assists per game last season and there’s a chance he could start for Nebraska at point guard, or at least be a guy that could help handle those duties.

The Huskers have been in contact with him via 247 sports and whether they view him as a true combo guard or a point guard if Tominaga leaves, Nebraska basketball will need more 3-point shooting and McMillian provides that.

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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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