Game day essentials 26 by HHCMatt. If grabbing a few drinks in the Haymarket before the game is part of your pre-game ritual, you might want to get one for the road as this has the look of two teams crawling down the court and missing shots. Northwestern has the type of tough man defense that has killed Nebraska all year with the worst offense in the conference. "First team to 60" assumes that one of these teams will hit that mark.
On offense this year Northwestern has punted on offensive rebounds in lieu of getting back on defense and you have to wonder if tonight they'll hunt for them against a poor rebounding Nebraska team. In the past part of the reason Pardon has hurt the Huskers so much is because he wasn't the focus defensively; you have to think tonight he's number 2 on the list after Law. Simply keeping Pardon from cleaning up the garbage would go a long way.
On offense the focus needs to be solely on getting to the rim as Northwestern also is trying to run teams off the 3pt line, doesn't have elite shot blocking, and will put you on the FT line. Even if they start packing the paint, the Huskers still need to be committed to driving inside. Seems like an opportunity for another big day for JPJ.
Prediction: Nebraska 66 - Northwestern 59
Teams were chosen and lines were drawn...1st scrimmage of the academy done ✅ wasn’t my best performance but was a good run, just wait the best is yet to come...”DO WORK!”🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀
Proud of this team and the season they had on the court. They left it out there every game. First year that Reid was all in on basketball and it turns out he can do more than throw a baseball. Has a good little shot and is a rebounding machine. Final 2 games were today and he had 14points and a ton of rebounds. Better than that he hustled from start to finish every game! #prouddad#baller#reidaaron
The heart of a Champion. After playing a Sweet 16 game, to one of the best teams around, last night. To winning an Elite 8 game this AM, which then advanced the to the Final 4 this afternoon. He goes outside tonight and practices free throws for 45 minutes. No one told him to but he must feel it in his heart that he needs to get some practice in before the Finals tomorrow.