Hi guys, sorry I'm late. Was working on some stuff for tomorrow's paper. But I'm here now, so let's chat.
On the surface it certainly doesn't look good. But Eichorst has also had a long-standing policy of not commenting on coaches' statuses before the end of the season. So, I don't consider it a surprise that he didn't say anything, but it's not a good look.
I think decent. It will be a matter of if the Huskers want to play in something like the CBI, CIT, etc. They've had opportunities to do so in the past and have declined, but with such a young roster, if they're healthy, more games and practice would seem to be a good thing.
Tim Miles told us today that Roby practiced some yesterday, but it's still up on the air as to whether he'll play tomorrow. As we all know, Michigan State is as physical as anyone, and if you put Roby out there, you have to be sure he can hang in with that crew.
I like their chances a lot more than I did the first time they played Michigan State. Losing Eron Harris, I think, is a huge blow for that team. Not only did he score about 11 points a game, but he was a really good perimeter defender that they could stick on Tai Webster or Glynn Watson. And of course the Huskers have Ed Morrow back and an improved Jordy Tshimanga inside. And NU has had success up there in the past. I think it's close, and I'll say NU squeaks out another close one.
I have been told that the shoe cannot be used as an extension of the body. Let's say, in your "hypothetical" situation, the player holding the shoe got caught on a pick and threw his shoe in the air to try and deflect a three-pointer. That would result in a technical foul.
Just a really, really likeable bunch of guys, from Tai all the way down to the freshmen. They play really hard, they're fun to talk to and they stay out of trouble. Not much more you can ask for, other than a few more wins. There does seem to be something special about this group. You can tell they really like being around and playing for each other.
I say contender, but I've also always liked the Zags more than other folks. The numbers say they're dominating their conference at a better rate than they ever have, and I really like Nigel Williams-Goss. They can play a lot of different ways, and beat some pretty good teams in the non-conference. It'll be interesting to watch, for sure.
That would put NU at 10-8 in the league while Northwestern would be 9-9. Minnesota, Michigan State and Michigan will probably all have something to say about that, but the Huskes would certainly have a shot.
Final Four: Kansas, Gonzaga, Louisville, Villanova. (I know, really boring). Dark horses: Purdue, Florida, Cincinnati
Yep, it's going to take some doing. Priority No. 1 has to be winning as many of these final four games as possible and avoiding that play-in round. Five games in five days is just about impossible, I would think. Wouldn't hurt if they could avoid Purdue in the tourney as long as possible too. Even though NU won that game, I still think that's the toughest matchup for the Huskers of anyone in the league.
I thought Lee made a lot of good points. I personally would like to see Miles get another year, because that roster does look really promising. If everyone stays, that's a group to get really excited about. But I don't think it's fair right now for me to assess the athletic department's decisions until after the season. I've been on the job for about four months compared to Lee's almost 40 years, so I'll hold off on that part of it until we see what happens.
Interesting question. I obviously wasn't covering the team when Doc was here, but they seem to have similar personalities. Looks to me Miles maybe likes to play with more tempo on offense, and his teams aren't afraid to score more points, though both guys would probably tell you it starts on the defensive end.
I think it all hinges on where Purdue finishes. The Boilermakers are going to be in the top 3 somewhere, and that's the one team I think Nebraska would have the most trouble with on a neutral court. You obviously want to see NU playing well coming in, which would mean winning more games, but it's all going to come down to matchups in Washington D.C.
I imagine the Huskers would agree with you, CW. Wisconsin, even with Koenig healthy, doesn't scare me a ton. Northwestern has really hit a rough patch the last couple weeks. What better way for NU to make a run through the tournament then by going through two teams they feel they should have beaten this season.
It's kind of a cliche, but I really think this team has just stuck with it and not quit. The talent is there, but it took guys time to find their roles. And I think they've realized, especially after the way they started conference play, that they can play with anybody in the league. Confidence goes a long way, especially with young players, and this is a confident team right now that trusts each other. It's been fun to watch them grow up.
Appreciate that Sam, thank you. Going to be a really interesting next few weeks.
Pretty much the same thoughts, yeah. That's why Tim Miles scheduled like he did this season - so 18 or 19 wins would give NU a shot. And you're right -- the committee is going to look at NU getting healthy and playing well at the right time. Huskers still have to close the deal obviously, but going 6-1 in your last seven games in a power conference and having the No. 1 SOS in the country will go a long way, I think.
Yeah, no team below .500 has gotten in since the NCAA bought the rights to the NIT in 2005. So I think that's the bare minimum, even with a No. 1 SOS. Then you're probably looking at a minimum of 16 wins before NU can think NIT.
Love Daum's game, and love Patton's game. On the other side of the coin, both of those guys came from relatively nowhere to have really nice starts to their careers. Obviously fans would love to see the in-state guys end up at NU, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. Even Scott Nagy, the former South Dakota State coach, wasn't sure Daum would ever play for the Jackrabbits when he first got to campus. To his credit, he put in the work and has gotten great results. Sometimes guys truly come out of nowhere. It just so happens there have been a couple from Nebraska to do it this season.