LINCOLN, Nebraska (KTIV) -- Fred Hoiberg's first season as Nebraska's head coach was rough. The Huskers were just 2-18 in the Big Ten and 7-25 overall. Just like he did at Iowa State, Hoiberg was aggressive in finding new players.
Eight of the 16 players on the roster have transferred from other programs. Ten have experience at the Division One level.
Nebraska was close to having a much better record last season. The Huskers lost nine games by eight points or less, including three in overtime. The challenge now is to get the new players up to speed, so they can blend with the returners.
"We were only allowed a certain number of hours with them so a lot of the time spent in the gym was with each other," said Hoiberg. "That's where you grow chemistry. That's where you grow together as a group, when the coaches aren't in there."
"We are just using last year as a fuel," said sophomore Yvan Ouedraeogo. "With everything that happened last year we just want to make sure it's not happening this year."
Hoiberg went 16-16 in his first year at Iowa State but made the NCAA tournament in his second year.