5 things to keep in mind for Nebraska's season opener against Mississippi Valley State

The Nebraska basketball team starts the season ranked in the coach's poll so be on the lookout for these things in the 'warmup' game.

When the Nebraska basketball opens its season against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, the season officially begins with some rather high expectations. Check out what you should be watching for in a game that the Huskers should win going away. Nebrasketball starts its "show me" season at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 7 PM.

1

Can the Huskers find the hoop?

It was only an exhibition game, but Nebraska worried some onlookers with how poorly they shot against Wayne State. Despite winning by 35, they shot just 39.4 percent from the floor. They shot just 34 percent in the first half. The game is going to be scary if that happens Tuesday night.

2

Can the Cornhuskers hit from long range?

Even worse than their shooting from the floor was their shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Nebraska was an astoundingly bad 4 for 26 from beyond the arc. That's 15 percent. Considering Miles has repeatedly told the media he wants this team to take more threes, inability to actually hit them would be a major problem.

3

Delta Devils have two studs

Dante Scott and Jordan Evans are the bulk of MVSU's offense. Or at least they were a year ago. Scott and Evans both averaged more than 14.5 points per game while also being one and two on the team in minutes played. No other Delta Devil averaged more than 6.6 points per game. Shut one or both of those players down and the Huskers' night should be very easy.

4

Mississippi Valley State is incredibly bad

Yes, we all know that the Nebraska basketball team is just warming up its season with this game. What you may not know is just how bad MVSU really is. They went 4-28 a year ago - that included losing their first 19 games. This needs to be a route.

5

Can the Huskers avoid the slow start?

Last year, Nebraska opened the season against a similarly bad Eastern Illinois team. They had to pull out all the stops to win, 72-68. Can this team show it really belongs on the national stage by taking it to Mississippi Valley State?

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