September 16, 2014

Miami knows that offense isn't its problem after finally getting burned due to its poor perimeter defense.

The No. 21 Hurricanes will try to bounce back from their first loss when they go on the road Tuesday night against Nebraska in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Miami (5-1) is one of the nation's highest scoring teams, averaging 89.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting.

The Hurricanes' issue is they are allowing opponents to shoot 45.2 percent, including 40.2 on 3-pointers for the ACC's worst mark.

The perimeter woes were evident in Friday's 78-77 loss to Northeastern, which made 12 of 22 3-pointers. The 54.5 percent accuracy allowed by Miami was its worst mark.

"We've just got to focus on picking up our defensive ability, especially defending the 3," guard Davon Reed said. "We're one of the worst teams in the league at defending the 3 so we've got to do a much better job of that."

Reed is the lone remaining starter to play for Miami the last time these teams met in a 60-49 loss Dec. 4, 2013. He made 2 of 11 shots for five points as the Hurricanes shot 32.0 percent.

Miami is seeking its first victory in five road games in the annual interconference challenge.

"That's our first true road game," coach Jim Larranaga said. "We have played at home and on neutral sites. Now we have to play in a very hostile environment, a team that we played a couple of years ago and lost and didn't play well at all there so hopefully we can play much better than we did two years ago."

The only other Miami player to face Nebraska in the last meeting was 7-footer Tonye Jekiri, who had seven rebounds off the bench and is now a starter.

Nebraska (5-2) still has two starters who played in that contest in Shavon Shields and Tai Webster while Benny Parker is now also a starter after he was a reserve at that time.

The Cornhuskers' leading scorer is Kansas transfer Andrew White III, who averages 14.9 points. Shields is second at 13.7.

Nebraska is 0-2 against ranked teams, bouncing back from Friday's 65-61 loss to then-No. 24 Cincinnati with an 82-71 victory the next day over Tennessee. Webster had 39 points over the weekend after he totaled 26 in the first five games.

''He was really strong to the rim. I think the last two days was as strong as I've seen him play at the rim,'' coach Tim Miles said. ''He's using an inside game instead of an outside game and then obviously he's been an excellent defender for us, too. That's a staple of our program.''

The Cornhuskers are one of the Big Ten's worst shooting teams at 44.7 percent, and they shoot 37.3 percent from beyond the arc.

White, however, is a major threat from long range at a team-best 47.4 percent.

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