Hi all, welcome to another Nebraska basketball chat. Just one game this week, as the Huskers host No. 7 Wisconsin tomorrow night. That's NU's only game in a nine-day stretch and it comes at a pretty good time. Gives a beat up team a chance to heal up a little bit.
Huskers are, of course, coming off the loss at Iowa. Their seventh defeat in eight games. We have media availability with Tim Miles this afternoon, so we'll hopefully get an idea of how the team is feeling, an injury update, etc.
For what it's worth, Tim Miles is 1-0 against Greg Gard. Huskers beat Wisconsin 70-58 in last season's Big Ten tournament.
We should find out more on Morrow and Watson this afternoon, when we meet with Miles ahead of tomorrow's game. I'm guessing we won't know if Morrow will play until we actually see him warming up before a game. I think Miles is feeling better. He said on his radio show Monday night that he's gotten sick four different times this season, and he never gets sick during the season. Been one of those years.
Well that horrible slump he went through earlier this season definitely hurt his percentage. He was 14-29 in a five-game stretch before going 1-5 and 2-6 in his last two games. I personally don't view him as a three-point specialist, but that's certainly a big part of his game.
You're the first person to use the word "expert" in any way, shape or form when addressing me, so thanks for that. Right now I don't know what to think. Every conference game this year, other than Michigan State, has been close going into the last four minutes. Gotta find a way to close out games better. But for now I'm done making predictions.
You're right, it's a tough call, and I'm glad I'm not the one who has to make it. I think next year is a make or break year for Miles. I think he's here for at least one more season regardless of what happens with his contract after this year. On paper, he'll have Nebraska's most talented roster in quite some time. I don't know enough about how Shawn Eichorst likes to structure contracts to even venture a guess about what will happen, but if there aren't results next year, then I think the seat gets pretty hot.
Absolutely. I think if Nebraska gets to 18 wins, they're on the bubble for an NCAA bid because the RPI will be so good. But definitely a NIT bit with 17 and maybe even 16 wins.
The three-point defense is baffling, and it's cost Nebraska more than a couple games. I think it shows how much losing Ed Morrow hurts this team. They were giving up a bunch of threes before he got hurt, but Nebraska's first three Big Ten opponents were shooting 39 percent from three-point range. Since he's been out, the number is closer to 50 percent, which is ridiculous. I wonder how much of it at this point is mental, both for Nebraska, and its opponents. You know other teams are watching film and going "we're going to make everything against these guys". Obviously teams are shooting with a lot of confidence against NU right now, which is easy to do when you get a lot of open looks, but man. You'd think at some point somebody would miss a couple.
I'd like to see the freshmen play through it a little more too. We've see how much that's helped Jordy Tshimanga the last couple weeks. The thing with Jack and Jeriah is - and this is just my opinion - that they're both mistake-prone defensively. It's not that the effort isn't there from either of them, but a lot of times I think it comes down to who is playing better offensively on a given night. You need all the guys out there to give you something, especially with all the injuries, so if one of those two isn't producing on offense, that guy is probably going to sit.
That's another weird quirk to this season. Without looking at the numbers, it seems like it's been a little better the past few games, but still. You have three guards that want to get into the lane for their points, and a forward who lives on offensive rebounds, and the FTAs are still low. Seems like the numbers should be higher. I guess the only answer is to try and draw more contact, but then you're relying on Big Ten officials to blow their whistles.
Good catch, thanks. Ready too fast for my own good.
*read* too fast for my own good. Man. Riding the struggle bus today.