LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska started the Tim Miles' era off with a 66-55 win over Southern on Sunday night at home. With no disrespect intended to the Jaguars, Thursday night's opponent Valparaiso is in an entirely different league.
Picked by some to win the Horizon League, the Crusaders beat Northern Illinois 69-46 on Tuesday morning, part of ESPN's Tip off Marathon.
“I think they are a really good team,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles on Tuesday afternoon. “I think they are an excellent shooting team, tremendous in transition. The have great depth, they are well coached and defend, I think they are a really good team to have in. It's a great early season opponent.”
Valpo in it's first two contests shot 13-of-24 from three-point land in both games.
“They do it once, and you go, ‘Oh boy, they can shoot,’” said the first-year head coach. “They do it twice in a row, you go, ‘Gulp.’ They’re good.
“It will be a key in my book...in theory, we are trying to limit the number of attempts they get. So Valpo shot 24 attempts in it's first two regular season games, the goal is to get that number down to 16 or 18. They are still going to make them when they get them.
“We don’t have a whole bunch of depth and athleticism that’s just going to pressure them off their spots, where you can just overwhelm them with defensive pressure. So we’re going to have to play our system but limit opportunities. A byproduct of that is, they’re going to drive it harder on you.”
Nebraska is 12-5 in November in the last three seasons.
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