Predicting Nebraska Basketball’s Key Stat Leaders For 2014-15 Season

By Matt Johnson

Predicting Nebraska Basketball’s Key Stat Leaders For 2014-15 Season

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Coming off a season in which Nebraska was the surprise of the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers enter 2014-15 with expectations of another strong showing under coach Tim Miles. With four starters returning from last year’s NCAA Tournament outfit, Nebraska fans should have plenty of reason to smile as the campaign moves along. Here are the Cornhuskers’ projected statistical leaders heading into the new season.

5. Walter Pitchford – Blocks

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5. Walter Pitchford – Blocks

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The transfer from Florida started 31 games for Nebraska last season and averaged 9.3 points per game. It will be Pitchford’s contributions defensively that could become the hallmark of his individual game, however. Standing 6-foot-10, Pitchford has ideal size in the middle and the ability to both alter and block shots, two traits which figure to be on display throughout the season.

4. Benny Parker – Steals

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4. Benny Parker – Steals

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As the shortest of Nebraska’s guards at just 5-foot-9, the diminutive Parker racked up 30 steals for the Cornhuskers in 2013-14. Parker’s combination of foot-speed and quick hands should allow him to harass opposing guards into more takeaways during his junior campaign.

3. Tai Webster – Assists

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3. Tai Webster – Assists

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Webster returns to the Nebraska lineup after a season that saw him lead the team with 63 assists in 2013-14. As the Cornhuskers’ primary ball-handler, Webster has the luxury of playing beside Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields, giving the New Zealander plenty of opportunities to hand out assists again in 2014-15.

2. Shavon Shields – Rebounds

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2. Shavon Shields – Rebounds

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Shields emerged as one of Nebraska’s best players last season, finishing second on the team in scoring while leading the squad in rebounds. At 6-foot-7, Shields' knack for rebounding along with his willingness to go into the lane should again help Nebraska hold their own on the boards.

1. Terran Petteway – Points

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1. Terran Petteway – Points

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The Big Ten’s leading returning scorer, Terran Petteway seems poised to have a huge 2014-15 campaign. At 6-foot-6, Petteway can finish inside and also drift to the three-point line, making him a difficult cover for opposing defenses. Expect Petteway to again score plenty of points for Miles and the Cornhuskers this season.

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