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