The #Nebraska basketball team is going to need to play its best game in years if it hopes to open the season 5-0. Fresh off a mild upset win over the Dayton Flyers, the Nebrasketball team will play a very late night #Black Friday contest against the 14th ranked and undefeated UCLA Bruins. While the odds for the Huskers against the Flyers were basically even, with Dayton favored by just four points, NU enters their game on Friday knowing they are coming in as eight point dogs against a team that some have said could contend for a national title.

You can't spell upset without defense

In order to have any chance on their Black Friday game, the Nebraska basketball team is going to need to play better defense than they have so far this season.

UCLA loves to run its opponents out of the gym. In their five games so far this year, the Bruins have scored 119, 102, 88, 114, and 99 points. Yes, UCLA's season low in scoring is five points more than Nebraska's season high. So why isn't the Huskers' loss a foregone conclusion? Mainly because UCLA really hasn't played anybody this year. Those five wins have come against Pacific (2-2), CS Northridge (2-3), San Diego (0-3), Long Beach State (1-4), and Portland who is the only opponent sporting a winning recorded at 3-1.

Still, the Bruins have not one, not two, not three, but six players that are averaging double digits in scoring this year. If the Nebraska basketball team can find a way to slow the UCLA offense down they will have a chance.

Who needs to shine for Nebrasketball

It's not like Nebraska basketball has been world beaters themselves so far this season. None of the teams they've played are going to be scaring anyone when talking about Sweet Sixteen or Final Four finishers. Still, both Louisiana Tech and Dayton are better than anyone UCLA has gone up against and the Huskers took care of business against both of them.

In fact, Nebraska had a very solid lead against the Flyers at the half last night, 40-31 but slipped and struggled a bit in the second half.

Nebrasketball managed to whether the storm and hold onto win 80-78. It should come as no surprise that if the Huskers want to pull off the upset against UCLA they are going to need big time contributions from Glyn Watson and Tai Webster.

The pair of guards have been the engine that drives this team. Watson especially will need to find some consistency. The sophomore has scored 23 and 20 points in the team's first and latest game, but he also has outings where he scored 2 and 6 points. Webster, in his senior year appears to have finally found consistency. The guard from across the pond is averaging 17.6 points and hasn't posted less than 10 points in any one game.

If those two can play and play well, the Nebraska basketball team has a chance to shock the college basketball world.

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