Nebraska Cornhuskers hope for better results with latest Fred Hoiberg makeover – The Denver Post

Fred Hoiberg did a near total remake of the roster in his first year at Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers finished the season on a school-record, 17-game losing streak.

Hoiberg revamped his roster again in the offseason with the hope his personnel are more competitive than the group that won just two Big Ten games and seven overall, none after the first week in January.

Yvan Ouedraogo and Thorir Thorbjarnarson are the only returnees who have played meaningful minutes.

“We can’t forget last year,” Ouedraogo said. “We lost a lot of games, and it was tough, but it was also a lot of experience. We’re using last year as a fuel. If anything, we want to make sure anything that happened last year isn’t happening this year.”

The 6-foot-9 Ouedraogo will play a major role in whatever success the Huskers can muster. He showed up as a 17-year-old freshman last year and was manhandled in the post on many nights. He spent the offseason in his native France, dedicated himself to 5 a.m. workouts and dropped 25 pounds to get down to 245.

Ouedraogo said going against Big Ten big men inspired him.

“I realized if I want to be great like them, I have to sacrifice,” he said. “My sacrifice was like, ‘I’m going to have a hard summer, I’m going to be hard on myself and reshape my body and be better.’”


The top three scorers from a year ago are gone, and a total of five players transferred and another left to turn pro. Thorbjarnarson, entering his fourth year at Nebraska, averaged 8.8 and is the leading returning scorer. Ouedraogo scored 5.7 points per game and averaged 6.3 rebounds.


Hoiberg’s offense is predicated on perimeter shooting, and the Huskers attempted the most 3-pointers in the Big Ten. They made only 32%.