Fred Hoiberg praises Nebraska hoops’ team chemistry ahead of exhibition play

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska men’s basketball will have two more practices before taking on its first opponent of the season on Sunday.

Head coach Fred Hoiberg spoke at a Thursday press conference ahead of the team’s first exhibition matchup against Chadron State.

He gave a little preview of what to expect from the Huskers this season.

“Love the mentality every day that these guys are showing and just the togetherness that this group has shown,” Hoiberg said.

The 2022-23 roster has some familiar faces, including Derrick Walker and C.J. Wilcher.

But it will also be without the team’s two standout stars from last season: Trey and Bryce McGowens.

Despite the changes, Hoiberg said that the team’s chemistry has been great and that the players have been spending a ton of time together off the court.

“I think with this group, it [chemistry] has been off the charts and hopefully that will help as we go into the season,” he said.

Nebraska’s first opponent is the Chadron State Eagles, an in-state Division II team coached by Shane Paben.

Hoiberg got the chance to speak with Paben, who told him that this year’s Eagles are a completely new team.

“They got a lot of talented players on this roster,” Hoiberg said. “It’ll be a good test for us.”

Nebraska’s first Power 5 opponent will come on Oct. 30, when the Huskers travel to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

Right now, Hoiberg said the team is focusing on themselves as they put the pieces together.

That includes a starting rotation.

And Hoiberg said the team is still trying to figure out what the rotation will look like.

But he said the plan for Sunday is to have Walker, Wilcher, Sam Griesel, Immanuel Bandoumel and Wilhelm Breidenbach as the starting five.

“I’m sure a lot of guys want butterflies getting out there for the first time in the game setting, but we learn a lot about ourselves, you know,” Hoiberg said.  “Whatever happens on Sunday, it’d be a great opportunity to learn and hopefully grow from it.”

The Huskers’ Sunday matchup can be viewed on Big Ten Plus and can be heard on the Huskers Radio Network.

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