Husker Hopes Rest With Defense
The headline above could refer to football or basketball, but it's about hoops. If the Huskers want to crack the Sweet 16, they'll do it with defense. Ken Pomeroy credits Nebraska with having a top 30 defense. Both Baylor and Creighton sit outside the top 100.
Even during Baylor hot streak to end the season, they gave up an average of nearly 72 points per game. Over NU's last five games, they've given up an average of just 61. If both offenses are just held to their opponents' defensive averages, then Nebraska wins.
The same formula is true for Creighton. The Bluejays gave up nearly 71 points a game in their last five outings. And any team that relies so heavily on one player and the three-point shot could have an off game. For that reason, you could even see Louisiana-Lafayette upset the 'Jays in the opener.
Playing a quality team like Baylor in San Antonio or one that features a national player of the year in Doug McDermott is a daunting proposition. While the odds may not lie with Nebraska, their defense will give them a chance.