2009-10 Opponent Preview: Nebraska

As the 2009-10 season men’s basketball season approaches, BYUCougars.com continues to preview each of the Cougars’ opponents. Today’s preview-Nebraska.

Game Preview

Depending on the results of the Las Vegas Classic, BYU will either face Nebraska or Tulsa in Orleans Arena. The Cougars have never played the Cornhuskers in program history.

Season Outlook

Nebraska finished 18-13 and 8-8 in Big 12 play, the first time the Cornhuskers have finished at least .500 in the conference in a decade. However, four starters will need to be replaced in order for head coach Doc Sadler to reach the postseason for the third straight season.

Seniors Sek Henry and Ryan Anderson are the only two players with who saw substantial minutes last season. Besides a tough schedule against perennial powers such as Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, Nebraska will also host MWC member TCU and and Southern Utah.

Player to Watch

Sek Henry, G, Sr., 6-3, 200

Sek was Nebraska’s third-leading scorer last season, averaging eight points per game. The senior, who also finished second on the team with 64 assists, shot 44.2 percent over the course of the season while also acting as the Cornhuskers’ lockdown defender on the wing. Henry finished with 13 double-doubles on the season.

Other Key Players

Ryan Anderson, G

Toney McCray, G

Brandon Richardson, G

Game Implications

The winner of this potential match-up will be crowned Las Vegas Classic champion and will take an early 1-0 lead in the all-time series.

Cornhuskers at a Glance

Head Coach Doc Sadler
At Nebraska 4th year / 55-40
2008-09 Record 18-13 overall, 8-8 Big 12
Home/Road/Neutral 14-4, 4-8, 0-1
Starters Ret/Lost 1/4
Lettermen Ret/Lost 3/9

2008-09 Team Stats

Points/Game 64.5
Points Allowed/Game 60.4
Field Goal % .437
Opponent FG % .431
Rebounds/Game 27.8
Assists/Game 13.2
Steals/Game 8.5
Blocks/Game 1.7

Returning Stat Leaders

Points/Game Sek Henry, 8.0
Rebounds/Game Ryan Anderson, 3.8
Assists/Game Sek Henry, 2.10
Steals Ryan Anderson, 41
Blocks Sek Henry, 8
Three-pointers Ryan Anderson, 33