Getting pounded at home 64-40 by Wisconsin in its first Big Ten Conference basketball game was the last thing Nebraska needed.
The Huskers (8-4) are struggling for momentum and fan support. But the 24-point loss was the worst for Doc Sadler in his six years as NU’s coach. Also, the program now has three home losses before New Year’s Day, a first in 49 years.
Next up is No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday. And then a road trip to No. 2 Ohio State. And another road trip to Big Ten surprise team Illinois.
If Nebraska opens conference play with too many Ls — and big ones at that — the Devaney Center could be pretty empty by late January.