LINCOLN — The 3-0 Nebraska men’s basketball team is about to face its three most difficult tests of the season in the Charleston Classic.
But before the first game Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against Massachusetts (3-0), Husker coach Tim Miles wants his players to absorb some culture.
“I think it’s important to do that on trips like this,” he said Tuesday night from Charleston, S.C. “This is a historical city, and we need to see some of that. It’s part of why you do these trips.”
At previous coaching stops, Miles has taken teams to Hawaii and Orlando, Fla. One reason to build in tourist time, he said, is that players will try to do it on their own during down time if you don’t.
“Once we get zeroed in on UMass,” Miles said, “we’ll be on a minute-by-minute schedule.”
The eight-team tournament will be played at the 5,100-seat TD Arena on the campus of the College of Charleston. A Nebraska alumni group has made the trip, and other Husker fans from the eastern seaboard are expected to attend.
“Our fan support is awesome,” Miles said. “We should have a healthy number of people cheering us on, and that matters.
“We had a great group last year when we played at Wake Forest. Our fans kind of took over the building. With this being a smaller venue, all the noise we can get will be good for our guys. They notice.”
The four teams on Nebraska’s side of the bracket are 11-0. UMass is receiving votes in the polls. New Mexico (2-0), which faces UAB (3-0), is ranked No. 19.
The games in the other bracket are Clemson (3-0) vs. Temple (1-2) and Georgia (1-1) vs. Davidson (0-3).
Nebraska will play at 1:30 p.m. Friday if it beats UMass, or 11 a.m. if it loses. There are no games Saturday. The tourney wraps up with four games Sunday.