Remember that Nebrasketball craze? The one that took the Big Ten by storm last season? It has, by all accounts, disappeared. The latest example came on Wednesday, when the Huskers lost 74-73 in Lincoln on a late jumper to Incarnate Word. Yes, Incarnate Word.
With less than seven seconds to play, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway turned the ball over on an errant inbound pass. That gave the Cardinals one more chance trailing 73-72. Incarnate Word guard Kyle Hittle (18 points) drove baseline, pulled up and sank a prayer with 2.7 seconds remaining.
The Huskers allowed Incarnate Word to shoot 48 percent from the field and hit eight 3-pointers, and five Cardinals scored in double-figures.
This is just another hit to Nebraska’s early season resume. It had already dropped a 66-62 overtime matchup with Rhode Island on Nov. 22. But the Huskers, who returned most of a roster that reached the NCAA tournament last season, might have a tough time explaining a loss to Incarnate Word. Things won’t get easier in the thick of a Big Ten schedule, either.