5 takeaways from Nebraska basketball's win over Western Illinois

The Nebraska Cornhuskers took out the Leathernecks, 73-49 on Saturday afternoon.

The Nebraska basketball team came back from its loss to Texas Tech last Tuesday with a blowout win over Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon, 73-49. There were several items that stood out in the victory.


The defense is back

After having some serious problems against Texas Tech, particularly in the second half, the Huskers defense was back on Track Saturday. They held the Leathernecks to just 30.6 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent from three-point land. The defense also forced 14 turnovers.


They played a cleaner game

In addition to tight defense when it came to defending the perimeter, they managed to do so without getting into any foul trouble. Western Illinois shot just five free throws for the entire game. The offense played cleaner as well, turning it over just nine times.


Slow starts still a problem

The Cornhuskers started the game against Western Illinois trailing 9-8 as late as seven minutes into the game. After that point, Nebraska took control of the situation and went on a run without looking back. It's still more than a little concerning that they are coming out rusty against obviously inferior opponents.


Glynn Watson is back to red hot

In his first four games of 2018, Glynn Watson hadn't scored less than 14 points. In the loss to Texas Tech, the guard went the way of every other player on the team and bottomed out, scoring just six points. Against Western Illinois, good Glynn was back. Watson hit 8-of-10 shots, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc while scoring a season-high 20 points.


James Palmer Jr continues to struggle to find his shot

Despite averaging over 17 points a game, James Palmer Jr is struggling in the early going. He's shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor (down from 44 percent last year) and a miserable 17.9 percent from 3-point land (down from 30 percent). He went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois and 7-for-18 from the floor. He still managed to score 19 points. Imagine what he could do if he can start sinking more shots.

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