Less than 48 hours ago the Nebraska men’s basketball team (1-0) opened up its season with a win in the final minutes against Eastern Illinois. Now, the Huskers will turn around on just a single day of rest to host North Texas (1-0) at 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
After missing 16 free throws and shooting 38 percent from the field, Nebraska looks to improve on its season opener, while North Texas looks to bring some momentum from its 122-65 season-opening win against Division III Eureka.
After finishing 8-22 a season ago, the Mean Green will showcase a roster with three returning starters and nine underclassman. North Texas is led by a sophomore guards Roosevelt Smart and Ryan Woolridge, who tallied 23 and 21 points, respecitvely, in the team’s win over Eureka. Freshman Umoja Gibson also added 19 points.
North Texas is coached by first-year head coach, Grant McCasland, who was an assistant on the Baylor team that defeated Nebraska in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
After a strong preseason, Nebraska found itself down six with a little over seven minutes remaining in Saturday’s season opener. And despite pulling out the win against a team that took down Illinois a week prior, Tim Miles and company are looking to improve in their three games this week.
The Huskers are led by junior guard Glynn Waston Jr. who scored a game-high 21 points (17 in the second half) in NU’s win over Eastern Illinois. Senior captain and junior transfer James Palmer Jr. added 12 points apiece to help lift the Huskers over the Panthers. Palmer, averaging 22 points in NU’s three preseason games, shot 4-for-14 from the field, 1-for-5 from 3, and 3-for-7 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Isaiah Roby also had a big night as he had career-highs in rebounds and blocks as he finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. It was also his first career double-double.
The Huskers will look to improve to 2-0 as they host North Texas at 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. You can watch the game live on BTN Plus or listen live to The Husker Sports Network. For tickets, fans can go to Huskers.com/tickets.