Huskers in Desperate Need of Victory Against Tigers

Tim SzalewskiContributor IJanuary 29, 2008

Nebraska's season began with promise as the Big Red found themselves in unfamiliar territory.

The Huskers were 11-2 in nonconference games and receiving votes for the Top 25.

The team seemed to have a glimmer of hope before their first Big 12 game, when the Kansas Jayhawks made a trip to the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

False hope truly does sting.

A 21-point loss to Kansas at home seemed to have knocked Nebraska down a few pegs. And that's putting it lightly.

The Huskers are currently on a 4-game losing streak and remain the only team in the Big 12 without a conference victory.

That includes a second loss at Kansas by 35 points. The losses are shrouded with some disgusting numbers.

During the streak, Nebraska has shot just over 35% from the field, and leading scorer Aleks Maric was held without a point in the second matchup against the Jayhawks.

Give Kansas's defense credit. But putting up only 51 points against bottom-of-the-Big 12-Colorado doesn't help Doc Sadler's efforts to keep this team afloat.

Nebraska is capable of playing much better than this.

In the home win against Oregon, the Huskers shot almost 48% and put up 88 points. The only other signature win of the season was against Arizona State in which three different Cornhuskers scored at least 14 points. 

The Missouri Tigers are no pushover. Many saw the comeback win at Colorado as well as the manhandling of Texas. They also put up a solid fight against the #2 ranked Jayhawks. Four different players are averaging more than 10 points per game. Nebraska's defense will need to keep a close eye on DeMarre Carroll, who puts up 14 points and snags over 7 rebounds per game.

If the Huskers are going to get back on track and pull off a victory, they will need to be hungry.

No Big 12 team needs a win more than Nebraska to boost their confidence and raise their game. Anything short of their A-game will result in another blowout or a heart attack for Coach Sadler.