LINCOLN — The Nebraska men's basketball team is undefeated through four games despite being far behind in a statistical category that coach Tim Miles considers critical.
Entering Saturday's 8 p.m. game against Kent State, the Huskers have shot 32 fewer free throws than opponents (49 to 81) and made 18 fewer (33 to 51).
Miles' preference is to use screens and cuts to get to the basket and draw fouls, creating easy points and personnel trouble for opponents.
“But we don't attack the rim at all,” he said. “We want to love the rim and like the 3. We don't shoot a lot of 3s. It's not like we're out there taking a lot of bad shots.
“But we don't have a roster full of drivers. We'll have to manufacture some things. It takes time.”
Miles has tweaked Nebraska's offense a couple of times already, adding more set plays to his motion attack. But he still wants more activity toward the basket.
“I'm begging guys to move,” he said. “They're just not quite sure yet. The only way to do that is to continue to teach them.
“They're going to have to go out and do it. It's a daily deal.”
Saturday's Kent State game is the final matchup in the Joe Cipriano Classic. The Golden Flashes (3-2) have wins against Drexel, Bethune-Cookman and Chicago State. They lost to Valparaiso in overtime and to Temple.
Chris Evans' is Kent State's leading scorer and rebounder. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior averages 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Contact the writer: