Hi everyone, welcome to our weekly Nebrasketball chat. I'm a little under the weather today with a particularly pukey strain of the flu, but that won't stop me from talking about the Huskers.
Big one tonight for the Huskers (like they all seem to be). Ohio State comes in just 1-4 in the Big Ten, but the 1 came last week when the Buckeyes knocked off Michigan State.
Short answer is no. Tim Miles said yesterday that Morrow's foot still hurts when he tries to walk on it while wearing a basketball shoe, so they won't even do another MRI until his pain goes away.
Will be tough. They have some pieces, but you can't replace what Ed brings to the table.
I think it'll be a good crowd, and I think Nebraska wins too, but I'm guessing more high-scoring. I'll say NU 79, Ohio State 75. Buckeyes have a couple really good three-point shooters, and as we've seen the last couple games, that's where the Huskers have had some problems.
I think Nebraska can get Ohio State. Remember, this was an overtime game in Lincoln last year, and Glynn Watson probably should have been shooting free throws at the end of regulation to win it. Instead, there was a no-call.
I really do, only because the Big Ten is so unpredictable this season. All NU needs to do to finish 9-9 in the league is go 6-7 the rest of the way. Huskers have 7 home games left, plus a road trip to Rutgers, so the opportunities are there.
Miles actually had a couple good quotes on that, and I wish I had them in front of me. Essentially he said, fair or not, the freshmen get blamed a lot of times when something goes wrong. They have to earn Miles' trust. It comes down to Miles trusting Jack a little more at this point, even though his defense isn't exactly of the lock-down variety.
Just a lousy deal for Watson. You hate to see that happen to anyone, much less the best player on a team with some pretty big goals. He can't get a medical redshirt because he's played in too many games this season, so his college career is over. As for the rest of the team, I don't think we can totally write them off. They still have some really nice pieces. They'll just have to find a different way to win games.
Yep, Roby will get the start again tonight.
I hate to keep harping on the same point, but Jordy is still pretty raw. He's only been playing basketball for a little over five years, so he has plenty to learn. He's looked ok in some games - Kansas comes to mind - but the consistency just isn't there yet. And you're right - he still has those moments that just make you shake your head sometimes.
I never thought I'd say this at the start of the year, but Nebraska has the offense to stay with anyone in the league. It'll come down to how they defend. There are so many games left that are toss-ups. Those youngsters will need to grow up and find the secret to make the little plays that win those close games.
Ha, wouldn't that be something. Would be quite the place for Tim Miles to get his first-ever win over Greg McDermott, too.
I do think we'll see the zone more these next couple games. Ohio State is a lot like Nebraska; they'll want to try and attack the rim and spread the floor with one or two shooters. The Huskers just can't let those guys go off. Rutgers plays hard, but they couldn't throw it in the ocean if they were standing on the beach. That could be a game where Miles just dares them to beat Nebraska from the three-point line.
For what it's worth, Tai Webster is one point short of 900 for his career. If he stays on his current average of 18.3 points per game, he'll crack 1,000 at Iowa here in a few weeks, and he'll likely finish the season in the top 20 on Nebraska's career scoring chart. He's 38th right now.
Conference tourney is going to be bonkers. Really looking forward to it. We could get to the end of the year and have 10 or 11 teams with a shot to win it.
Little of both. Thad Matta is a heck of a coach. This team also lost one of its to players, forward Kieta Bates-Diop, so season-ending surgery two games into conference play. He also misses five games in the non-conference. Plus, they had a rugged start to B1G play: at Illinois, home for Purdue, at Minnesota, at Wisconsin. Kind of the perfect storm.
They seem to think Morrow can get back this year, but they're also being extra cautious because this is the same foot that gave him problems last season. You start to worry if this is going to become a chronic thing for him. I don't think they'll let him do anything close to basketball activity until that foot is 100 percent pain free and an MRI shows no damage. That could be two weeks, could be the rest of the year. I suppose it's a different time frame for everyone. Remember Isaiah Roby had a stress reaction in his pelvis and had to sit for three months. Different part of the body, obviously, but he was out a while.
That's the key question. If you look at the polls, you'd tend to lean towards it being a down year for the league. Wisconsin at No. 17 is the top B1G team in the AP poll, so it would seem the national perception is that the league is down a little this year.
Haven't heard any schedule info yet, but what you're saying sounds about right. They're also in one of those ESPN holiday tournaments down in Florida, The AdvoCare Invitational. Not much for competition in that one outside of West Virginia, but there will be some opportunities for wins in that deal.
Agree. I think Nebraska would have to be very worried of Ohio State came in here 0-5. Not saying that makes tonight's game any easier, but it maybe takes the target off NU's back a little bit.
I'm really curious to see how many teams go. I wouldn't be surprised if it was closer than six than, say, 10. You might just see everyone start to beat each other up, and end up with a bunch of teams with 5-6-7 losses in the league. Then it becomes a matter of how the committee perceives the strength of the Big Ten. And, that's where Nebraska's strength of schedule will really help it out if it can go .500 or better in conference.
I think so. Ohio State has a big-bodied forward, so I would bet Jordy gets a few more minutes tonight. McVeigh seems to be coming out of his slump, so Miles may stay with him a little longer if he doesn't like what he sees from Horne. But, he's also said he'll continue to put Horne out there first and give him a chance to earn more minutes.
They haven't, but that's a good question. I think it's just a deal where the best cure is rest, and they're trying to keep this from turning into something more serious. Basketball players and feet have never had a good relationship, and Ed is trending towards being one of those players that is constantly battling foot problems. So, I think NU will be careful to a fault with him and get him completely healthy.
Ha! Now I need to go find that old commercial.
I don't know if this game is necessarily crucial, but a good finish to the season is important. If Miles can get this team to 9 or 10 conference wins (or more), I think he gets that extension. Especially with the injuries this year and what the roster looks like on paper for next season and the season after that. I don't personally think Miles is on any kind of hot seat or anything like that, but it never hurts to win more games than you're supposed to.
Ha, you're on standby, my friend. It's not looking great right now, but I'll probably be a game-time decision.
Great question. I haven't followed prep basketball much this season, so it's probably not fair for me to say. In a perfect world, NU would find some kid from Columbus or Kearney or something who could come in and give a few good minutes a game, and fire up the crowd, but it's so unpredictable. We thought Tanner Borchardt might get some minutes last season. And Johnny Trueblood from Elkhorn South was a really nice player who just never worked out. You just never know.
Well, you can visit my childhood home, for starters!
There is! 9 holes. Greenskeeper's name is Beef. Home of the 1997 Class C-1 state champions, of which yours truly was a member. I will not repeat my scores here, for my own sake.
There also a couple pretty good little restaurants for it being a town of 1,300. And it's cool to go up to the high school and see all the banners in the gym. They also have a nice display honoring Paul Beranek, the long-time coach there who passed from cancer a little more than a year ago.
I'm obviously biased, but I think it's a pretty cool place.