Immediate Reaction: Nebraska-Northwestern
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Immediate Reaction: Nebraska-Northwestern

January 08, 2017

Sharing a few quick thoughts about Nebraska’s 74-66 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats.

First Half

  1. Northwestern freshman center Barret Benson played for the Illinois Wolves, Glynn Watson Jr.’s AAU team. Watson is a year older, obviously, but Benson played up a grade at times with Watson.
  2. Put-back for Michael Jacobson three minutes in. The Huskers emphasized crashing the offensive glass big-time during this run to start Big Ten play.
  3. The Huskers had a 12-3 lead in rebounding with 12:30 left in the first half.
  4. At the U-12 timeout, Nebraska had seven offensive rebounds. Northwestern had four total rebounds and eight of Nebraska’s 14 points were of the second chance variety.
  5. Evan Taylor’s mid-range game was on-point today. Had three mid-range jumpers at this point in the game.
  6. Northwestern was 5-of-9 from 3 to start and a lot of the looks were wide open.
  7. With 1:42 left in the half, Jack McVeigh made a 3-pointer.
  8. Nebraska’s crazy 14-0 run in 1:42 looked something like this: Jack McVeigh 3, Tai Webster steal and three-point play, 1-3-1 defense and Isaiah Roby steal, Roby 3, Northwestern bricked 3 and rebound by Webster who pushed it up court for a layup, Evan Taylor steal, Webster pushed it up and hit a 3 at the buzzer.

Second Half

  1. A corner 3-pointer by Evan Taylor was his first ever for the Huskers. He was 0-5 coming into the game.
  2. Just when we thought Glynn Watson Jr. had found some consistency, he started 1-of-7 for two points.
  3. Vic Law started 5-of-5 from the 3-point line and Nebraska kept helping off him.
  4. Morrow came back in the game with four fouls with 7:50 left in the game.
  5. On back-to-back possessions, Northwestern went to Dererk Pardon in the post against Morrow who had four fouls (as just mentioned above). Morrow let him get too deep and he finished easily.
  6. Jacobson recorded a double-double with his 10th board with a little more than two minutes to go. Also had 12 points at this point.
  7. Nebraska gave itself a couple of chances with some stops but couldn’t capitalize on the other end down the stretch.
  8. After the big start on the glass, Nebraska and Northwestern finished tied with 30 rebounds apiece.
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