Husker hoops notes: Aggressive Watson keys NU offense
Perhaps no one was more pleased with Nebraska’s offensive outburst than senior guard Glynn Watson, who scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the first half and finished with 19 in limited minutes.
Watson’s three-point shooting, which reached 40 percent as a sophomore, dipped below 30 percent last season. He finished 5-of-7 Tuesday night and looked the part of a senior floor general.
“I’m just doing whatever the team needs from me. I’m going to be aggressive — Coach Miles wants me to be aggressive, so that’s just one thing I’m going to do,” Watson said. “Just be aggressive, try to get my teammates going, then take open shots.”
Regional round: Tuesday’s game was technically a “regional” game for the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, as is Sunday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana.
The outcomes of the two games don’t affect who will play in Kansas City the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, of course. The Huskers will face Missouri State on Monday, Nov. 19 and either Texas Tech or Southern Cal Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Southeastern Louisiana lost at LSU on Tuesday night to open its season.
In memory: One seat at the scorer’s table was left open Tuesday night.
Jim LaFollette, Nebraska’s longtime official scorer, died from cancer on Oct. 25. LaFollette, was the official scorer for Husker hoops for 27 seasons.
His seat at the table was unoccupied, and a bouquet of flowers was placed on the table.
Runza promotion: No longer will fans get a free Runza if the Nebraska men’s basketball team scores a certain number of points.
In a new promotion called “Get Loud, Get Runza” that made its debut Tuesday night, fans can only get their free Runza or hamburger if the crowd noise inside Pinnacle Bank Arena reaches 95 decibels.
A decibel bar appeared on the PBA video board at different times during Tuesday’s game. With a crowd of less than 10,000 and a game that was over in the first 10 minutes, the 95-decibel plateu wasn’t reached.
So, no more counting points for your free food, unless you plan on counting out loud.
Tough trek: The road doesn’t get any easier for Mississippi Valley State, which heads from Lincoln to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech on Friday.
Such is life for teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, who often spend the first month or more of the season on the road playing “buy” games to help fill their schools’ athletic department coffers.
Last season the Delta Devils played their first 13 games away from home, losing all 13.
By the numbers: Nebraska suited up 12 players for Tuesday’s game, with 11 getting in the scoring column. ... Jordan Evans led Mississippi Valley State with 12 points. Dante Scott finished with 10. ... Eight Huskers had at least four rebounds. ... Nebraska won its season-opener for the 18th consecutive season.