12.07.2009 / Fans Divided as Creighton Takes on the Huskers! Posting by Brody Deren, Former CU Player.

I am excited for the matchup this weekend between the Bluejays and Huskers. This is a series that in recent years has brought some wild games to the Qwest and Devaney Centers.

"This is a series that in recent years has brought some wild games to the Qwest and Devaney Centers."

Last year was a woeful exhibition of offense with the Bluejays shooting 35% from the field and the Huskers 40% in a 54-52 Husker win.

This year, the battle will match up two teams with contrasting styles. Doc Sadler’s squad is primarily young, inexperienced, but hungry and tough. Although they do not score a ton of points, they do a great job of playing hard on every possession, particularly on the defensive end, and are a physically tough team. The Bluejays have a very talented team who can score in bunches from a lot of different areas. They like to run the floor and will press for the majority of the game. Defensive intensity and rebounding have been question marks for this squad, so it will be interesting to see what the contrast in styles produces on Sunday.

There is a lot of speculation and unrest amongst Bluejays fans after the results of their trip to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic. I am still very optimistic about this team. It may be the most athletically gifted and physically talented teams that Creighton has ever had. There is a lot of season left to right the ship. They were hampered by injuries early in the season to some of their veterans, and the schedule to date has been extremely challenging. Coach Altman is still determining his best lineups, his best personnel combinations, and getting a feel for who is truly going to be the leader for this team. I liked the improvement in rebounding this year, and as long as this team “buys-in” to communicating and being in position on the defensive end, they will be have a chance to compete for a league title. Coach Altman talks a lot about toughness, particularly mental toughness in basketball. Some of the small things that mental toughness encompasses in basketball are remembering your assignment or spot on a play when it’s called, or hustling to be in position for defensive “help.” Often times, mental mistakes are made when players are tired or in late game situations. If this team gets more consistent at the little “mental toughness” areas of the game that can tip the scales between a win and a loss, they will go a long way.

All in all, I think the CU-NU rivalry is a blast for basketball fans in the state. It was always one of my favorite games to participate in as a player, and I looked forward to it every year. This Sunday is no exception. My prediction:  Bluejays are victorious 72-65.

What do you think the score will be? How do you think the Jays are doing so far? Let us know what you think of the Jays.

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