Nebraska basketball defeated No. 7 Creighton by a 63-53 score on Sunday. Several players shined for the Huskers in the process, including Derrick Walker.
Walker had 22 points and eight rebounds on the evening, to go along with two assists. He was efficient going 11-of-16 on the afternoon. In 23 minutes of play, he established his game inside the paint. He came through in the clutch for Nebraska down the stretch as well, scoring a bunch of key buckets towards the end of the fourth quarter.
His aggressiveness was noticeable in this game. He was able to take advantage of the matchups inside and bully his way for layups. The touch displayed around the rim was extremely noticeable, and it helped Nebraska basketball get a guaranteed bucket inside the paint. Nebraska basketball knew that they had a matchup advantage and kept giving Walker the ball inside. At one point, he scored Nebraska’s first 14 points of the game.
For Walker, this was just another game in which he was able to show his dependability and impact inside. He has played in three games this season, averaging 15 points per game and 10 rebounds. He missed the beginning of the season due to an unspecified issue, but his impact has been felt ever since. The impact he made on Sunday afternoon is a big reason why Nebraska basketball needs him in the lineup.
This was a signature win for many individuals in the Nebraska basketball program and Walker shone brightly on the big stage. His ability to set the tone inside allowed for Nebraska to have a security blanket on the court, and somebody that they could game plan around. It will be intriguing to see if he continues to have this role as the season progresses. If he does, that could be a recipe for success for Nebraska basketball.