LINCOLN — The Nebraska men’s basketball team has a week to go before its lone exhibition game and 12 days until its regular-season opener with Florida Gulf Coast.
It sounds like the Huskers can use that time after losing Sunday night’s scrimmage to South Dakota State 69-65.
NU coach Tim Miles, by NCAA rule, can’t comment on these supposed “secret” scrimmages. No official statistics are to be kept.
But sources with knowledge of the practice game said South Dakota State, which has played in the past two NCAA tournaments, broke to an early lead and hung on throughout.
The sources said Nebraska, with seven scholarship players who haven’t competed together in a game yet, struggled with shot selection, turnovers and defensive errors. Free-throw shooting also was about 50 percent.
Miles, reached late Sunday, said he likely is set on a starting lineup for the Nov. 4 exhibition game against UNK at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The five: freshman point guard Tai Webster, senior shooting guard Ray Gallegos, sophomore small forward Terran Petteway, sophomore strong forward Shavon Shields and sophomore center Walter Pitchford.
Pitchford missed a week of practice recently with a shoulder problem, but has returned to workouts this week. If Pitchford is hampered, Miles said, the fifth starter against UNK would be Leslee Smith or David Rivers.
Facing UNK is what Nebraska needs right now, Miles said.
“It’s like we’ve been in practice mode for so long that we’re numb,” he said. “I can’t wait to get some different competition.”