Hi all, welcome to another Nebraska basketball live chat. Huskers are at Northwestern tomorrow and host Purdue Sunday -- the start of a tough stretch of games over the next few weeks. Of course there's also the matter of losing back-to-back games in the final second. It's been a strange season so far, so who knows what could happen over the next several days.
I really don't think so, barring a complete and total meltdown the rest of this season. You hate to say "wait 'til next year" with 11 conference games still left this season, but I think next year is the make or break year for Miles. On paper, he'll have his most talented roster since he's been here. And we all know what's happened this year with injuries and the last second losses. This team is literally two seconds away from being 5-2 in the league. It feels like they're close, but they don't have the results yet to show it.
Btw, no update that I know of on Ed Morrow's status. We'll talk with Miles later today, but I wouldn't expect a change.
I also wouldn't be shocked to see Jack McVeigh in the starting lineup tomorrow. He's finally out of his slump, and has really given NU a boost the last couple games with some big shots.
I think Nebraska can beat every team left on the schedule, and I think they can lose to every team left on the schedule. At this point, I really have no idea what to think only because we've seen a little bit of everything so far. If you go by KenPom, the advanced metrics site, it projects NU to have six games left this season decided by eight points or less. Just about everything from here on in is a tossup. As far as Miles' job status, it's hard to say. Shawn Eichorst is traditionally tight-lipped on those sorts of things so who knows what he is thinking. But, I think if the Huskers can avoid a complete meltdown, Miles will be back next season.
I think you have to. I've only seen Wingett play a couple times, but you have to like his length and athleticism. The only real issue I could see with bringing him in is that he would be playing a wing position at which Nebraska is already pretty stocked. Might be tough for him, at least initially, to get on the court.
I think it's natural to think about that. With the climate in college basketball, we all know that players will be on the move. It's just a matter of who wants to move on, who wants a different opportunity, etc. I hate to speculate on those things myself, just because I have no idea what any of these kids are thinking. But I think it's safe to say that there will more than likely be some attrition judging solely on what's happened in previous years.
I agree. It always seems to take big men longer to develop than guards or small forwards, and we've seen Jordy take some steps already this year. He has those moments when he flashes his potential, but he still has those moments that make you shake your head. It's easy to forget he's only been playing organized basketball for a little more than five years. He was already behind the curve, and now he's trying to learn at a high-level Division I school. I think an offseason of work will do him wonders.
It's impossible to know what he's thinking. I think Miles is a good fit here. I think he gets at least one more season, and I hope I'm right. But we just don't know. The bottom line, though, is that it's a business and wins and losses matter. I think next season is a huge year for Miles. He'll have a team that should be talented enough to make a NCAA Tournament run.
I think he'll really help, especially with defense and rebounding. 6-foot-9, 220 pounds. And it's not like he's a highly-regarded player that was buried on the end of Georgetown's bench. He had a really nice sophomore season there before injuries really set him back this season. He can score a little bit, and he gives Nebraska the option of putting a really big lineup on the court if the Huskers wanted to. And of course he adds more depth in the front court. You look at the Huskers now, and it's pretty clear they could use another guy to fill the void left by Ed Morrow's injury.
Yeah, you have to wonder if Patton's success, and even Mike Daum's success at South Dakota State, has changed the way this staff approaches recruiting in-state kids. There are guys inside the borders who can help, but you also have to be absolutely sure you're getting the right people. If NU can find an in-state kid that becomes a big contributor, I think that would do wonders for the perception of the program.
Ha, well, this program is in its 120th year of existence, so maybe it's due. Unless we're counting the NIT title back in 1995-96. The first hurdle to clear is winning that first NCAA Tournament game. That to me is a way more depressing stat than never winning a title. If the Huskers can win a game or two in the tourney, maybe then things really take off.
I think they're in no question with 18 wins. That would make them 12-6 in the conference, and no Big Ten team that has won 11 conference games (since the league expanded to 12 teams, and then 14) has ever missed the NCAA Tournament. Combine that with NU's strength of schedule, and they're in for sure.
Remember, the 2013-14 team was 9-9, and went 10-3 down the stretch, so there is some precedent here.
Some folks like to bag on the crowds at NU games, but by golly they keep showing up. It really is impressive. The fan base wants so badly to root for a winner. If this program ever takes off, I could see PBA becoming one of the toughest places in the nation to play for visiting teams.
I am nothing if not tangential!
It's almost the reverse of how Barry Alvarez modeled the Badgers' football program after Nebraska's. There's no reason the Wisconsin basketball formula couldn't work here.
Excellent point. Everyone wants results yesterday. It's the world we live in. I get fans' frustration. Believe me -- it's a lot more fun to cover a consistent winner. I'd love NU to win 20-25 games a year. But on the flip side, I think we're seeing just how hard it is to build a consistent winner. A lot of things need to go right.