AP Sports Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The enormity of the project Fred Hoiberg has undertaken at Nebraska hit him square in the face Tuesday night.
The new-look Cornhuskers lost 66-47 to UC Riverside, one of the bottom programs in the Big West Conference.
It marked the first time the Huskers had lost a season opener at home since 1980 and the beginning of what could be a long winter in Lincoln.
"You can use the excuse of we've got so many new faces and new players. We're not going to do that," Hoiberg said. "We got outplayed today. Adversity hit us in a huge way tonight. You can talk to your guys until you're blue in the face. It's going to hit you every time you step on the floor. What will define you will be how you handle it. We didn't handle it well tonight."