A rattled Nebraska team was behind 17-2 at the 14:29 mark of the first half, and 23-4 less than two minutes later as Purdue cruised to a 92-65 win.
The final result was an 81-71 Illinois victory that showed once again, when it wants to, Nebraska can play with anyone in the conference.
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There have been flashes, but for the most part, the Nebraska offense has sputtered through its first two games of the regular season.
Behind a big game from Bryce McGowens, and a shot of energy off the bench from Eduardo Andre, NU rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to down the Bearkats.
Alonzo Verge, who was the first player off the bench, finished with 20 points, but Nebraska still has some work to do before its season opener.
Fred Hoiberg is a bit of a magician in the sense that he's 5-34 in the Big Ten at Nebraska, and hardly anyone complains. The pass he gets is sort of bizarre.
Andre also learned where things needed to change if he wanted to take the next step in his career.
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Nebraska saw Year 2 of the Hoiberg era end in an avalanche of fouls and turnovers. In a way, it was a good microcosm of the entire season.
Less than a week after he produced one of the great individual performances in program history, Teddy Allen is no longer with the team.
Coaches generally go light on criticism of fellow coaches, but John Beilein's optimistic assessment of NU's program seemed genuine enough.
The rest of the schedule gives players like Eduardo Andre a chance to gain valuable experience. His coach says he's "got a chance" to be special.
Fred Hoiberg was pleased with his team's effort but pointed out one thing in particular that "will keep me up tonight."