The Huskers will have their first true road test of the season Monday night, taking on the 16th ranked Clemson Tigers. Despite the fact that the Tigers, who were previously undefeated, hit a road block when they played Creighton last Wednesday losing 87-82, will prove to be tough competition.
Nebraska (5-1 overall) could likely find themselves fighting an uphill battle. “I’m sure our guys will be excited,” Husker head coach Tim Miles said. “It’ll be a very difficult game. I’m sure we’re the underdog, and that’s fair.”
Led by head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers feature a roster which could cause problems for Nebraska. Aamir Simms, a 6-foot-7, 248 pound sophomore is averaging 11 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. “Aamir Simms is impressive to me,” Miles said. “(He’s got a) big physical body with a lot of skill.”
In a similar vein to Simms, senior Elijah Thomas is a 6-foot-9 forward who averages 10 points and 7 rebounds per game. The standout however, is senior guard, Marcquise Reed. Averaging just shy of 20 points per contest, Reed can distribute the ball efficiently, averaging 4.5 assists per game.
Coach Brownell’s squad is defensively minded, according to Miles. “He’s got good stuff,” Miles said. “(They) defend well. (They) make it hard for you.”?
By Tim Curran