LINCOLN — Nebraska point guard Benny Parker’s least favorite day of the week is Monday.
At least it should be.
A week ago Monday, the 5-foot-9 freshman sprained a foot during a victory over USC, which put him in a protective boot for a couple of days.
On Monday of this week, Parker suffered a mild sprain of a medial collateral knee ligament, which makes him questionable for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. CST game at Oregon.
How did he do it?
“I don’t even know what he did. He just knocked a knee,” NU coach Tim Miles said Thursday. “I don’t talk to those injury guys. It’s bad karma. You start talking to them and you could get sick or get hurt. So I don’t deal with doctors and trainers.”
Parker is playing 27 minutes a game. Miles said many of them have been productive.
“Benny has a real positive assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1 to 1) and his defense has been outstanding,” he said. “And slowly but surely I thought he was coming along with his offense until he got hurt.”
Parker, who averages 5.4 points a game, has shot just 34 times in eight games.
With Parker and backup point guard Mike Peltz (1 of 9 field goals) seeing opposing defenses back away and dare them to shoot, Miles has one request.
“I just need them to make wide-open shots,” he said. “I haven’t said a word to anybody (about shooting). The one thing you never do with shooting is try to get in their head. You just let them play.”
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