When college basketball season rolls around in a few weeks, the focus will mostly be on teams that burst onto the scene as contenders.
What will also become evidently clear in the first few weeks will be teams that have taken a step, or many steps, back from last season.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg picked five teams that will take that step back, or as he said, are ‘Poised for a fall’ this year.
Nebraska was one of those teams.
Eisenberg said after a 2013-14 season that saw the Cornhuskers make the NCAA Tournament, the team took steps back in 2014 and 2015 instead of continuing with the momentum. Because of that, Nebraska may keep falling in 2016.
The Huskers have graduated leading scorer Shavon Shields and lost Andrew White III to transfer. So, Eisenberg said, the team will have to rely on senior guard Tai Webster and a bunch of unproven freshmen and sophomores.
There is hope, though, as Eisenberg said freshmen and sophomores could be a bright spot, especially in the front court with freshmen Isaiah Roby and Jordy Tshimanga.
Said Eisenberg: “All in all, it’s a roster with longterm promise, but one that may struggle in the Big Ten again this season.”
During the 2013-14, the Huskers went 19-13 overall and 11-7 in the Big Ten before falling to 13-18 overall and 5-13 in the Big Ten in 2014-15.
Last season, they finished 16-18 and 6-12 in conference play.
The other four teams Eisenberg mentioned were Providence, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and UNLV.