[QUOTE]HHC Webmaster Dave Brandon:
After ending the season 8-6 against Big 12 competition, Nebraska will see the impressive second year of the Doc Sadler era extended at least one more game Wednesday night against the Charlotte 49ers.
Straight from the north side of the prettiest major city in the southeast, the 49ers will come into this game with an abundance of confidence after finishing the season 6-2 themselves.
Charlotte will also not be intimidated by Nebraska, as they have played with or defeated several “BCS Conference schools” this season, including impressive wins at Clemson (82-72), on a neutral court against Wake Forest (63-59) and close losses at the hands of Georgia Tech (by 5) and Maryland (by 4).
The 49ers also own impressive conference wins over NCAA Tournament participants Temple and St. Josephs.
Overall, the Bobby Lutz led bunch is a solid 8-11 away from Halton Arena, and relies mainly on three-point shooting. The 49ers will live and die by the three Wednesday night, and will depend upon Leemire Goldwire, An’Juan Wilderness and Charlie Coley for the bulk of their points.
The Huskers must contain dribble penetration in this one, as point guard DiJuan Harris is fast and very similar to Nebraska’s Cookie Miller, in that he can break down a defense and kick out to open shooters. If NU can keep 49er guards beyond the elbows and have a hand in shooters faces, Charlotte will struggle to score points.
Nebraska also has two major advantages in this game.
[B]One, Charlotte will have no answer for Aleks Maric, who figures to score anywhere from 20 to 30 points and completely dominate the boards.[/B]
Two, Charlotte will be a bit weary from traveling, as they didn’t return to Charlotte from the Atlantic 10 Tournament after electrical problems on their plane until the wee hours of the morning on Sunday. Then, they turn around and leave early Tuesday morning to travel to Lincoln. So, Nebraska may be catching them at a good time, especially considering the game is in the friendly confines of the Devaney Center.
Charlotte is a great program, and one that is very underappreciated in NCAA Basketball landscape. They have a great coach, tremendous athletes and great shooters. They are from the prettiest state in the United States and my favorite city to visit.
With all that said, they have no answer for Aleks Maric, and barring something unlikely, such [B]as a barrage of made while contested three-pointers[/B], I just don’t see them competing in this game. Nebraska plays tremendous defense and the fact that the 49ers have no low post threat means Doc Sadler has three full days to devise a plan to stop dribble penetration and outside shooting.
Nebraska wins this one comfortably, 73-59.[/QUOTE]
I like it. :shades: