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Previewing Nebraska vs. Cincinnati

The 5-0 Bearcats take on the 4-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, New York.

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Cincinnati takes the court today against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, New York. At 5-0, the early part of Cincinnati's season has been overwhelmingly positive with the offense clicking and the defense creating pressure on the other end of the floor. That said, Cincinnati is coming off their least impressive win this season over Southeastern Louisiana, 64-49. Now, let's take a look at today's matchup with Nebraska.

Meet the Opponent

The Nebraska Cornhuskers enter today's game at 4-1 with wins over Mississippi Valley State, Delaware State, Southeastern Louisiana and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Their lone loss on the season is against #11 Villanova, 63-87. The Cornhuskers are paced in scoring by junior guard Andrew White, who averages 16.2 points per game on 53.8% shooting. Senior Shavon Shields averages 14.2 points per game and leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game. Shields also leads the team with three assists per game, contributing in a variety of ways. Tai Webster racks up 1.6 steals per game and Ed Morrow Jr. averages 1.4 blocks per game for the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska has shot 44.2% from the field this season and 35.2% from beyond the arc in five games. For what's it's worth, the final scores against Cincinnati's common opponents were 92-65, against Southeastern Louisiana, and 67-44 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Cornhuskers have been successful in the early going on the offensive end of the floor as they try to replace Terran Petteway, who terrorized the Big Ten for a couple years.

Get Clicking Again

Cincinnati's offense was clicking and scoring at an absurd pace, ranking 7th in the nation, putting up an average of 96.3 points per game. While it was against lesser competition, their +42.2 scoring margin was outrageous for a Bearcats team, ranking 2nd nationally.

That was all before Tuesday's game against Southeastern Louisiana.

The game against the Lions was the first real struggle for the Bearcats as shots just didn't fall for the Bearcats in the 64-49 win. They shot a meager 40.7% from the field and only hit eight threes on the night, going 8-of-23 (34.8%). The defense still played well against the Lions and the Bearcats pulled out the win, but it was nonetheless our first look at this year's Bearcats when the shots don't fall.

Now, it will be interesting to see if the shots start falling again in this one. Obviously, shooting can be streaky, but it would be nice to see some of the easier shots drop this time around.

Jacob Evans III Watch

Cincinnati freshmen Justin Jenifer and Jacob Evans III have already made a splash on Cincinnati's 2015-16 campaign with both contributing points and some exciting plays in the process. That said, Evans really had a moment against the Lions.

Leading by only three points with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Evans and Troy Caupain took over the game with Evans leading the charge. Evans knocked down two free throws and then drained two straight three-pointers before Caupain got going. Evans would hit another three-pointer and knock down two more free throws in the game, pushing his game total to 15 points. All 15 of those points were scored in the final 13 minutes and he scored 13 points in the final 10 minutes. Also adding six rebounds, Evans showed why he was a much heralded recruit with scoring prowess and the ability to contribute in rebounding, passing and defensively.

We will see if that confidence carries over into this game against the Cornhuskers, which figures to be the toughest opponent of the season thus far.