Cracking open the notebook and sharing our game notes from Nebraska’s 72-61 loss to the Michigan State Spartans.
- Jordy Tshimanga got off to a great start with a lefty jump hook, a powerful slam in the pick-and-roll, a rebound and a couple of good defensive possessions. Most importantly, he played the first five minutes without committing a foul.
- The teams were shooting 60 percent combined from the field at the U-12 timeout in a well-played game by both sides.
- Jordy Tshimanga is learning how to use his body to create angles for his jump hook, and he’s been scoring much more efficiently as a result. Great second-chance bucket around the 10-minute mark doing so for the freshman.
- Nebraska has decided to leave Michael Jacobson on Bridges while Isaiah Roby guards the 250-pound Nick Ward inside with double-team help from Jack McVeigh. Resulted in a Nebraska steal on one possession.
- Tshimanga is playing the best basketball of his life, racking up 10 points and 5 rebounds (game-highs at that point) before a tough double-foul call sends him to the bench with 2 fouls at the 3:47 mark.
- Michael Jacobson picked up his third foul at the 2:38 mark after Tshimanga had already picked up two. Tim Miles turned to Nick Fuller to play the five.
- Foul trouble has resulted in a one-guard, four-forward lineup here to end the first half for Nebraska: Tai Webster, Isaiah Roby, Jeriah Horne, Jack McVeigh and Nick Fuller.
- The first half featured 21 fouls called, but only six of them led to free throws. Jacobson had three fouls and Watson and Tshimanga had two each for Nebraska.
- At the first media timeout of the second half, Tshimanga, Webster and Watson had combined for 34 of Nebraska’s 37 points.
- A three-point play by Jack McVeigh followed by a 3-pointer keeps Nebraska afloat, but the Spartans led 53-44 at the U-12 timeout after shooting 5-of-7 from 3 to start the half.
- Michael Jacobson drew a foul chasing an offensive rebound to put Nebraska in the bonus at the 11:30 mark. Foul count was 7-1 at that point.
- Michigan State knocked down eight of its 11 3s in the second half to pull away from the Huskers. Wide open or contested, it didn’t matter.
- One positive? Tshimanga had a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds.