Hi all, welcome to another Nebrasketball chat. Really nice win last night over Penn State. Maybe the most complete performance of the season by the Huskers. Now, a chance for payback Saturday at Ohio State.
Haven't heard anything yet. Nothing has been released by the University, which to me says its not too terribly serious, but obviously I don't know any more than anyone else right now. I imagine they'll want the swelling to go down a bit before they do an MRI or anything like that.
I think it was encouraging that he at least got up under his own power, even though he got helped back to the locker room. I'm no doctor (obviously) but I would think if it was really serious, he would have stayed down.
Jordy's development is becoming one of the biggest stories of the season. You're right. You never want to see anyone get hurt, but it certainly gave the big man more of an opportunity, and he's taken full advantage.
Totally agree. Goal No. 1 has to be to stay out of that play-in round. After that, I think this conference is so wide open that just about anyone could get hot and make a run. If Nebraska is fully healthy, there aren't going to be a lot of teams that want to face them in a tournament scenario.
Ha, shockingly, no. On the upside, paying back journalism student loans is a lot easier than paying back medical school student loans.
Well, Tai Webster played 49 of a possible 50 minutes against Iowa in the the double overtime game, and leads the Big Ten in minutes played at 35.4 per game, which is about a minute less per game than AWIII, and Tai was up over 38 minutes for a long time before playing 31 last night. So it's not like Webster is riding the bench in crunch time.
Definitely. Tshimanga went from struggling to even catch the ball to becoming a guy that is going to demand double teams. It totally changes how Nebraska looks offensively. You have to give credit to Miles as well for identifying a player with that kind of potential in the first place. The fact that Tshimanga has become a viable piece of the puzzle so quickly is a credit to Miles and his staff.
The starting lineup dynamic is definitely something to watch over these next few weeks. If the Huskers continue to have success, I could see things staying as they are with Morrow coming off the bench. You look at the stats from last night, and Tshimanga, Jacobson and Morrow played 17, 18 and 16 minutes, respectively. If you can continue to do that and keep your guys fresh down the stretch, that's only going to help you. And, it keeps Morrow off that foot that much more.
It's been crazy, and I think after the year is over we'll look back and agonize over just how close Nebraska was to a really good conference record. Every single league game other than Michigan State and Penn State has come down to the last four minutes. When you're a team trying to figure out how to win, that's really all you can ask for. It then becomes a matter of guys making winning plays. The Huskers made those plays against Indiana, Maryland, Iowa, Purdue, etc. Couldn't make them in other games. The margin is razor-thin.
For NCAA, I think 18 is the bare minimum to get in, but NU probably gets on the bubble with 17. With Nebraska's RPI and strength of schedule, the committee would have to take a pretty serious look at a team that is playing its best basketball at the end of the season, which is what the Huskers will have to do to get to that win total. If they fall a game or two short of that mark, that's where three one-point losses in the league and the loss to Gardner-Webb could really come back to haunt Nebraska.
It's a really, really likeable team if you're an observer. These guys genuinely enjoy being around each other, which is maybe a component that was missing a little bit in the past. That kind of comradery is so important when you're going through a tough stretch like the Huskers went through with the close losses and the 8 defeats in 9 games. It would have been easy for this team to fold the tent. But they've stuck with it, and stuck with each other, and still have a chance to make something special out of this season.
Oooh, great question Sam. We're obviously projecting a long way down the road, but I have to think a couple of those freshmen, if they continue to develop, could be guys that get a pretty good look from NBA scouts. You obviously never know. I don't think Tai will be drafted, but he'll certainly get a chance as a free agent. So then it comes down to some of those younger players and how they grow. Even a guy like Glynn Watson, if his game continues to evolve, could be someone teams look at.
You have to be excited, for sure. If this team stays together -- and with the climate in college basketball in recent years, who knows if anyone will look to transfer -- the possibilities are really tantalizing. Health, and how the schedule breaks and other variables will play a role, of course, but the pieces sure seem to be in place for something special to happen in the next season or two.
I could see it. That's where the strength of schedule will really help NU. That and the RPI should be good enough to warrant a bid, even if the record is below .500
You also have to look at NU's "quality" wins. Indiana is a tire fire right now, but that was a quality, ranked team when NU won in Bloomington. Maryland has had a great year. Purdue is having a great year. And Dayton is having an excellent season: 20-5 right now and tied for first in the Atlantic 10. That's a NCAA Tournament team that NU beat on a neutral court.
I think you're right. We talk about player development, but Miles has shown the willingness to change as a coach this season as well. That can be just as important as players improving their skills. He deserves some credit for changing his approach and figuring out a way to get the most out of this team.
Boy oh boy. So many different ways you can go. I'll preface this by saying I haven't seen Isaac Copeland play, so I don't know how he will fit into things. But we'll try this on for size: Watson and Taylor at the guards, Tshimanga at the 5, Morrow at the 4, Roby at the 3. Then you're bringing Palmer, Jacobson, McVeigh, Horne, Gill, Copeland and Akenten off the bench. That's at least 11 dudes who could be starters for you, and with the way Akenten has played this season as a senior in high school, who knows what his ceiling will be.
I think the lineups could be really fluid at the start of the season. I think the one constant is Watson, but NU will be able to go really big if it needs too, or go smaller with more speed. The really fun thing to see, no matter who starts, is the length the Huskers will be able to put out there. That's a team that could be a nightmare defensively for a lot of opponents.
Maybe a little bit. I think we have seen Miles take a step forward this year. Whether that's an adjustment of coming from mid-major to high major, I don't know, but I do believe coaches can evolve and change just like players do.
I thought he could have played a little more too, but Penn State went to a smaller lineup for a lot of the second half, and Miles said in his postgame interview that he didn't love that matchup. That's understandable. Jordy still turns it over a bunch (he had four in 17 minutes last night) and the last thing you want to do is give the other team more opportunities to try and mount a comeback. It helped too that NU played pretty well with Jordy on the bench. I think if the Huskers had gotten into a dry spell on offense, we would have seen him more.