Folks, Nebrasketball stock is starting to skyrocket. Two games into the 2018-19 season and the good guys from Lincoln eviscerated their opponents by a combined score of 193-72. I’ve taken the liberty to name myself the official stockbroker for Nebrasketball, and my asking price is reasonable: $100,000 and a lucrative job. Buy, buy, buy.
The numbers speak for themselves: a rebound margin of 21, 35 fast break points, 16 blocks, 24 steals, 44 assists, and 78 points in the paint. On top of that, Nebraska is the number one scoring defense in the country—allowing 36 points per game—and is also number one in the Sagarin ratings ahead of the likes of Duke and Kansas. Step aside KenPom, these are MY complex mathematical rankings for MY team.
Things are clicking for the Huskers, and it can be attributed to the play of the team as a whole. The “Core Four” of James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby, and Glynn Watson have all performed well. Palmer has scored 17 in each game and continues to get to the free throw line consistently. Watson shot 70% from the field in each game and scored 19 against MS Valley State and 16 against SE Louisiana. He’s playing as hard as anyone. I would like Copeland and Roby to score a bit more, but they contribute in other ways, especially with their length on the defensive end. Also contributing with his length is Palmer. That dude’s arms are L O N G G. Palmer disrupting passes on the wing while Watson pressures the ball and Roby and Copeland protect the rim will make a lot of offenses uncomfortable.
Miles going 10-deep is a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. The main contributors off the bench are Amir Harris, Nana Akenten, Tanner Borchardt, Brady Heimann, and Thor. Having this kind of depth will be key in March, and each guy has done well with his minutes so far, particularly Nana Akenten who’s hit eight 3s through the first two games. Having a 3-point threat off the bench is huge.
With that, I’d also like to officially welcome Brady Heimann to Team Gangle. It’s a great team to be on and I, humbly of course, am a proud member myself. The freshman from Springfield is still raw and getting acclimated to the speed of the college game, but I’ve been impressed so far. He’s played 18.5 minutes/game and snagged 13 rebounds against MS Valley St while also leaving me shook (literally) with this slam against SE Louisiana. I honestly wasn’t expecting him to get many minutes this year, and I respect the decision of Miles to get him game experience when he can because he’ll play a key role in the future.
The Huskers only game this week is against Seton Hall as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big Ten and Big East. The Pirates have qualified for the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons, making this an opportunity to get a quality win early in the year before heading down to Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic next Monday and Tuesday.