Nebraska Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 16-18, lost in quarterfinals of Big Ten Tournament.
Coach: Tim Miles.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: F Shavon Shields, G Andrew White III, G Benny Parker.
Who's back: G Tai Webster, the only senior, will be looked upon to replace Shields as the team leader and must increase his 10-point scoring average. F Michael Jacobson, who started the last 25 games, gets to move back to his natural power forward spot after having to bang against rugged Big Ten centers. G Glynn Watson had a team-high 83 assists. G-F Jack McVeigh is a dependable perimeter shooter.
Who's new: C Jordy Tshimanga, a 6-foot-11, 275-pound freshman, gives the Huskers the size in the middle they desperately need. G Anton Gill is a transfer from Louisville and former top-50 recruit. F Isaiah Roby, who went into preseason practice with a pelvis injury, is a versatile player who could be a big contributor once healthy.
The Skinny: The program suffered a major blow in the offseason when White, the best all-around player, unexpectedly left the program and transferred to Syracuse. That leaves the Huskers without a proven scorer. Webster is coming off his best season, but there isn't enough talent around him to give the Huskers much hope of avoiding a third straight sub-.500 season and another finish near the bottom of the Big Ten.
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