What's up everyone. I hear there's a game tonight. What are we thinking/how are we feeling?
@Sam: Was thinking about this earlier today. I think If they all get to 15-plus points, Nebraska has a shot. Ed needs to cancel out whatever Justin Patton does. I could see Glynn not scoring a ton, but he has to control tempo on both ends. That means slowing down Mo Watson on defense and getting Nebraska into its offense. I think Tai will get his points, but it will be tough because this will be the only game Nebraska's played so far, with the exception of UCLA and maybe Clemson, where he isn't the best athlete on the floor
@KentPavelka: These days are fun, aren't they? Love the buzz around town and on social media. PBA is gonna be rocking tonight. We're lucky to get days like this.
@Lebron: It's all in his head right now. If you watch him warm up a couple hours before the game. He hardly misses a shot. Totally relaxed, locked in, smooth. Gets in a game and for whatever reason, things change. Then he starts to press, and the mistakes compound each other.
@rickylee41: Miles isn't going anywhere for a while, but that's an impressive tin foil hat you're wearing.
@Trash: Gotta say, I was surprised to see the spread that low. KenPom has a score prediction of 75-71 as well. I'm kinda leaning the same direction you are. I don't have a good feel yet on what's going to happen, but Nebraska's shown it can at least hang with quality teams. If they can keep Creighton around 70-75 points, I think they'll be right there. This is Creighton's first true road game, so the Huskers could use a rowdy crowd tonight.
@Trash: This is what Miles told us: In the last stoppage of play before that sequence, Miles said he told Tai Webster to call timeout if things started going haywire. Tai was close to calling timeout, then saw Glynn Watson driving to the basket and decided not to -- similar to the end of the Dayton game. Then the scramble happened and the ball got kicked out to Gill, and you're right: NU had time to call that timeout. By that point, Miles said, he thinks Tai was back in "game mode" and not thinking of finding a ref to call timeout.
@Trash: Certainly an unfortunate deal, but Miles said it was communicated that they wanted the timeout if things went bad. Just ended up not getting called when they needed to call it.
@Trash: Good question, and I have not heard it asked. If that situation comes up tonight, I will try and bring it up after the game. This is something I wonder about too, and I'm not a huge fan of it either. My theory would be that Ed is picking up early fouls on a fairly regular basis, so Miles just doesn't think he can trust him enough to put him back in and risk getting that third before halftime.
@Trash: For sure. It was a deal where, when asked, Miles said something to the effect of "we've communicated to them what we want as best we can. I'm not sure what else there is to do." For what it's worth, Miles hates the rule (obviously). Thinks it's cost them two games - the overtime loss to Ohio State last year and the Clemson game this year. You're basically relying on two things: A college player in a high-pressure situation to have the presence of mind to call that timeout, and the official in a high-pressure situation to notice the player and get the timeout called. Tough deal.
@Trash: Yeah that's the thing. Ed is so physical. That's just his game and it's what Nebraska needs in there. Oftentimes it'll probably depend on how the game is getting called. It's not like Nebraska is like KU and has a bunch of studs waiting on the bench to come in.
@MattK: You got it.
I think a lot will depend on how the game is called. If things get whistle-happy, that's bad for Nebraska. They have to be able to be physical with Creighton's guards out front
@MattK: Oops, hit enter too soon. Controlling the tempo will be huge. I think Nebraska needs to make Creighton play defense for most of the shot clock. I imagine they're going to try and make it ugly. Don't let Patton run down the middle of the floor on the break and fly into the lane and draw defenders. They may forgo a few offensive rebounds tonight so they can get back on defense
@MattK: And of course it wouldn't hurt if the Huskers had one of their best shooting nights of the year. I'm guessing Miles would take 9-23 from 3-point range, like they shot against South Dakota, right now.
@Sam: Depends. How high is the rim?
@marcus: I gotta go with No. 2. Nebraska played UCLA tough. I don't think the talent gap will be a huge issue, and I don't know that the talent gap is all that big anyway. It's amazing to me that one coach can be 12-0 against another coach across two levels of college ball. You'd think there would be at least one or two wins in there just by accident. It has to weigh on Miles. He gets asked about it every year. And I'm sure Mac doesn't let him forget about it either.
@Ryan: I think you nailed it, and I'll add this: Anton Gill. We talk about him every week. He has the athleticism to match up with Creighton's guards on defense. Can he get out of his own way on offense? If he plays like he did against Dayton, that will give Nebraska a huge boost.
@Trash: Haha, if I'm coaching against Nebraska, I'm playing zone until they prove to me they can beat it on a regular basis. It's pretty alarming how they struggle against it. Maybe if McVeigh makes about 4 straight 3s, he gets out of it.