Money ball paying off for Nebraska

Nebraska's James Palmer (24) sets his feet for a three point shot versus Delaware State, Dec. 22, 2017 (KHGI)

Nebraska’s ability to strike from deep has seen a huge uptick this season from year’s past.

"We have more people that can shoot it. I think that’s helped in our makes," said head coach Tim Miles.

Four years ago, Big Red ranked 9th from last in Division I at 28.4 percent. The 2016-17 season saw the Huskers ranked T-296th in DI at 32.0 percent. They haven’t cracked even the top 150 since joining the Big Ten until this year.

Once an obvious weakness is now a strength for the Huskers.

"Our percentage isn’t quite where I want it to be. It’s about the Division I average, but we want to be above average," Miles said.

Nebraska is tied for 77th in the FBS at 37.9 percent of their attempts from deep, but they don’t have any individuals ranked in the top 150 nationally.

"Part of that is some of our high volume guys are not shooting it quite as well. Now, James (Palmer Jr.) is making a comeback, but Glynn (Watson) is, a 41-percent shooter last year, not quite there this year.

"It’s a different rhythm, too, when you take most of them, you and maybe another guy take most of them last year, now you’re maybe the third option. So that’s an adjustment he’s making, but he doesn’t take bad shots. We’ve just got to get him there," says Miles.

Watson is currently the third lowest in shooting percentage from downtown at 30.2 percent even though he's fired away 53 times, second most on the roster.

Nebrasketball welcomes Stetson on Friday at 7 p.m. to finish non-con hoop before Big Ten play starts at Northwestern on Jan. 2.

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