Published Friday, January 10, 2014 AT 12:15 PM / Updated at 2:05 PM
Husker big man still not ready
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

With the Nebraska men’s basketball team short on inside players, I get semi-regular questions from fans about why 7-foot-1, 238-pound Sergej Vucetic doesn’t play more.

The sophomore from Vrbas, Serbia, sat out again against Michigan. He has played 10 total minutes in four games.

Coach Tim Miles didn’t shy away from the question.

“The one thing about basketball is you’ve got to be quick to the ball to be good defensively and to be good into a move,” Miles said. “Sergej has gotten stronger and is building a better core.

“But if you can’t end possessions or move your feet to keep guys in front of you on post moves or block shots or especially end possession in rebounds, you can’t play.

“I haven’t seen it consistently enough in practice to warrant playing time. And practice matters.”

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