The Missing Piece?

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Posted Nov 22, 2011


The Nebraska Men’s Basketball team is off to a 3-0 start and a large reason why is because of senior newcomer Bo Spencer.

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Men’s Basketball team is off to a 3-0 start and a large reason why is because of senior newcomer Bo Spencer.

The LSU transfer, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, is averaging 17.3 points a game and pulling down 4.3 rebounds as the Huskers starting point guard – numbers that are quite impressive considering he went 1-for-9 and only scored six points in Nebraska's opener against South Dakota.

“He is only going to get better. He made some shots today, but he still needs to get better defensively,” said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler after Sunday’s win against Rhode Island - a game Spencer scored 23. “The coaches, the media, the team - they all know he’s good. He’s just had to sit out for a year, so it’s going to take some getting used to.”

The 6-foot-2, Baton Rouge native agrees with his head coach.

“I feel like I’m coming along slowly but surely. When I’m out there I notice that things are coming, I just have to wait and get a little more rhythm,” said Spencer. “I’m coming along, I feel like my jump short is still shaky, but it’s coming.”

Husker fans can only hope that Spencer is going to get better. During his 23 point performance on Sunday, he went 8-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from three point land.

But it’s not his scoring his teammates have noticed. While he’s only averaging just over two assists a game, players feel that Spencer gets them wide open looks that always haven't been there in the past.

“Bo’s a leader and with the ball in his hands he does a lot of great things,” said fellow senior Caleb Walker. “He’s going to penetrate, so you have to be ready to shoot when he penetrates and kicks. And you have to run the floor with him because he pushes it.”

“Bo (Spencer) can get them an easier shot than we’ve probably been able to accomplish in the past,” said Sadler. “If the shooter knows a good pass is coming, he will feel good about his shot.”

It’s evident when watching, Spencer is a large reason Sadler and crew have decided to push the ball – scoring 20 fast break points against Rhode Island.

“We like to push it, through the summer and through the workouts, we have been trying to change our style up and get buckets on the run,” said Spencer. “I think everybody on our team really likes to run. I think we are getting a good feel for it.”

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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