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By Randy York
Fred Hare says the best thing about making perhaps the most historical shot in Nebraska basketball history more than 47 years ago against Michigan was showing the press, the fans and even some of his own teammates and coaches why you should never give up. Somehow, you have to wonder how many media members or fans think Nebraska can beat another ranked Michigan team Wednesday night after all these years. I’m fairly certain Husker coaches and players still believe, so the question, it seems, is this: If Nebraska can pull off another upset of Michigan, who’s the most likely 2012 Husker to be a modern-day version of Fred Hare?
Brandon Richardson? Maybe, but he’s more the glue guy. Toney McCray? Certainly capable and playing the best basketball of his career. Bo Spencer? No question he has the flair and can navigate and penetrate from the point. Caleb Walker? He has no fear, whether he moves in for the slam dunk or decides to pull the trigger on a long three.
How about Dylan Talley? I’m going with him, even if he is the Super Sub. He has a knack for heroics, and he can score from anywhere. He’s 6-foot-5, and he can fly, twist and turn. Who knows? Maybe, under pressure, Talley can shoot, rebound and flip a ball backwards over his head. Wouldn’t that be something if nearly a half century after Nebraska’s last game against Michigan in Lincoln, the Huskers had a chance to beat the Wolverines again at the finish line?
I have another reason why Talley’s my choice for a buzzer-beater. He attended the same Blinn junior college that 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton attended in Brenham, Texas. He likes having the ball in his hands, and he loves improvising to find a way to score. He’d make a good decoy, too, though, and that could open something up for Bo, B-Rich, Caleb or Toney. All four of those seniors can deliver in the clutch. Let’s just hope they work together and find the right go-to guy, so they can pick up some steam for the stretch drive of their collegiate careers. They all deserve it.
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