Husker Fans Learning to Embrace Basketball

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- A sold out Husker hoops game.

Prior to the 2013-14 season, it was a rare sight for years.

But, many Husker fans say this proud football fan base is now learning to appreciate basketball.

"I think people are more excited," Wayne Reetz, a Husker basketball ticket season owner since the 1980's, said, "with the new arena, and the new basketball coach and how well the team is doing."

A look around the arena shows that a fan base usually hungering for football news this time of year is bursting out of its shell.

"I get pumped," Adam Push, a Husker basketball season ticker owner, said.

"When I go to work, I have things to talk about with people. It's not the same old 'oh, what do we got going on for football this week'."

But, fans admit that the action on the court, and a new head coach in Tim Miles, is helping to fire fans up.

"I love [Tim Miles]", Ben Tubman, a Husker fan, said.

"He tweets at halftime. He seems like a very player friendly coach, fan friendly."

"I think he draws a lot of the people," Mary Reetz, another Husker fan, said.

"He's a people person and he's fun to watch."

Husker season ticket sales showcase just how much hype has been around the program.

Nebraska is on track to shatter the old attendance record of 13,357 per game set in 1992-93. The PBA is averaging 15,254 fans per game in 2013-14, including the eight largest crowds in school history.

And the Husker team is rewarding those fans with a 12-1 home record.

While the Huskers continue to exceed many preseason expectations, some fans say they're going to be there along for the ride.

"As we go along," Push said, "you're getting a lot more excitement from the fans. They're getting more into it."