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Nebraska Cornhuskers: The Offense Is Certainly Not The Problem

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 7-4 and still lacks a consistent frontcourt presence, but they are finding ways to thrive on offense.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been up and down through 11 games this season. They are 7-4 after their most recent overtime win over Rhode Island. This win was a big win for the Cornhuskers and even though Rhode Island was without their best player, it was still a good home win. The Cornhuskers shot 51.2 percent from the field, 75 percent from deep, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line in their overtime win against Rhode Island. Their offense has been really good this season and they have been getting consistent production from their two go-to scorers in Andrew White III and Shavon Shields.

White has been great this season, and he is being overlooked by a lot of people because of players like Denzel Valentine and Melo Trimble taking the Big Ten spotlight. White is averaging 16.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 SPG and he is shooting an impressive 42.2 percent from deep. White has been one of the best players in the Big Ten this season and has been playing like an All-Big Ten player, even after he sat out a year due to transfer rules.

Shields is the player that everyone knows quite well in Lincoln. He has been pretty good this season by averaging 15.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and he is shooting much better from three this year by shooting over 30 percent from deep. He has even already posted three 20 point games so far this season, and he is shooting 47.3 percent from the field as a whole, which is also better than his shooting percentage from last season.

These two players have made the offense look great so far this season and coach Tim Miles has the team clicking on the offensive end as a whole. The team is putting up 74.4 points per game this season, while last year they managed to average only 61.4 points per game. The team lost their leading scorer from last season in Terran Petteway, but gained White, who has filled in for Petteway quite nicely. Although White and Shields handle much of the workload on the offensive end, the team is getting help from a few other options.

Other offensive weapons

There two other players that have also been great on the offensive end for the Cornhuskers this season. Those two players are Tai Webster and Glynn Watson Jr. Webster averaged 3.9 PPG in his freshmen season and his sophomore season, but so far in his junior season he is averaging 9.5 PPG. He has taken on a much bigger role this season in the backcourt and he played excellent during the Barclays Center Classic.

Watson is coming off his best game as a Cornhusker, putting up 17 points on 7-9 shooting, and he has had some clutch shots this season for the team. Hopefully he will start to be more consistent on the offensive end for the Cornhuskers because the team needs him to step up in every game to make the Cornhuskers consistently competitive in the future.

Overall

The Cornhuskers have had some really tough losses this season. They have also had some bad losses, but they have been dominant in most of their wins, particularly on the offensive end. This Nebraska team is dangerous on offense and that is the bottom-line. Considering their offensive woes last season were the key reason for the team's drop off, the chance of Nebraska being decisively more competitive in conference play this winter has been steadily rising.