Nebraska basketball laid an egg on Sunday against Creighton and here are three takeaways from a blowout loss.
Creighton didn’t just beat Nebraska basketball on Sunday, the Blue Jays embarrassed the Cornhuskers (89-60) which was the worst part about the lopsided loss.
It was the first true test of the season for the previously 7-0 Huskers and they failed miserably. The defense allowed way too many open looks and Creighton took advantage.
Here are three takeaways from the Nebraska basketball loss to Creighton.
Creighton’s 3-point dominance defined the game
Limiting the 3-point shots of Creighton was always going to be important, but Nebraska failed miserably on that assignment. Time and time again the Huskers allowed open looks to Creighton. It was maddening and when it was all said and done, the Blue Jays made 14 triples compared to just two for Nebraska.
You can’t get outscored by 36 points from beyond the arc and expect to win. Baylor Scheierman scored 20 points in the first half and made six treys. Many of them were essentially wide open.
Creighton won the 2-point battle too
Yes, Creighton shot the ball better, but the Blue Jays also played better inside the arc, which had to do with their defense too. Nebraska had the right idea to pound the ball inside, however, the Huskers made just 44 percent of their 2-point attempts. Creighton made over 60.
Without being competitive at the 3-point line and winning the scoring battle inside, there was no way Nebraska was going to win this game.
A killer loss in more ways than one
Nebraska started 7-0 this season and was off to one of the best starts in program history. Yet, the schedule wasn’t all that difficult and this invalidates much of what Nebraska has done so far this season.
Fred Hoiberg talked about how scoring margin hurt Nebraska in the 2022-23 season, and then the Huskers turned around and got beat by 29 points at home.
It wasn’t the kind of performance you’d expect from an NCAA tournament team. That doesn’t mean the Huskers can’t bounce back and play much better against good teams, but it’s a worrisome result, to say the least.
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