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Nebraska Basketball

Nebraska Freshman Akol Arop Ready, Waiting When Opportunity Calls

February 1, 2020

Heading into Tuesday’s game against Michigan, freshman forward Akol Arop had played a grand total of about 12 minutes, all in garbage time situations. 

But when starting center Yvan Ouedraogo threw up an ill-advised air-ball with back-up Kevin Cross Jr. on the bench in foul trouble, Hoiberg turned to the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Arop at center with 9:31 to play in a six-point game.

Arop only played for about 100 seconds of game time, but during that 100 seconds he battled with the 7-foot-1, 265-pound Jon Teske, switched too guards on the perimeter and set screens on offense, buying Nebraska time until Hoiberg felt he could put Cross back into the game.

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