Nebraska’s 2-0 start in Big Ten play with wins at then-No. 16 Indiana and Maryland turned a couple heads, including those at the Big Ten offices as senior guard Tai Webster was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week along with Minnesota point guard Nate Mason.
The 6-foot-4 senior put up 19.5 points on 52 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game as the Huskers opened conference play 2-0 for the first time since 2005-06. This is first time since 1979-80 the Huskers have won their first two conference road games. The award is the first career conference honor for Webster and marks the first time any Huskers has been recognized since Shavon Shields in March of 2014.
The New Zealand native scored 21 points with four rebounds and four steals against Indiana and then followed it up with 18 points and five assists at Maryland, where Webster closed out the game on a personal 7-0 run to lead the Huskers to a come-from-behind win.
Webster is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.4 points per game, tied for seventh in steals per game at 1.4 and is eight in the league in assists per game at 3.9. He is the only player in the Big Ten in the top 10 in all three categories.
Mason scored 31 points in a win against then-No. 14 Purdue on Sunday.
The Huskers are back in action for their conference home opener on Thursday as the Iowa Hawkeyes will come to town.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.