Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AT 11:44 PM / Updated at 3:47 PM
Huskers await a taste of Creighton
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

After Nebraska knocked off Miami 60-49 on Wednesday night, the Huskers took a few moments to discuss Sunday’s rivalry game at Creighton.

With seven new scholarship players, the Huskers might need some indoctrination into what the once-a-year meeting means.

“I got a feel for it last year,” said Walter Pitchford, who sat out a transfer season in 2012-13.

For Leslee Smith, who transferred from a junior college, it’s all new.

“But I hear a lot of people talk about it,” he said. “And I really follow that guy, what’s his name?”

Smith meant no disrespect to Bluejays All-American Doug McDermott. He simply drew a blank on the name, so he asked Pitchford.

“McDermott,” Smith said. “I really follow him a lot just to see his game and see his weaknesses and see the way he plays. I’ll give it to him — he’s a really good player. That’s the heart and soul of that team.

“Our main focus is going to be on getting him out of his game.”

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at