Hey all, welcome to our weekly Nebraska basketball chat, a day early. Normally Brian Christopherson would be here right now chatting football, but he's over at Nebraska's pro day. So you get me instead. Sorry.
I'm betting if there are any more, we hear about them by the end of the week. I'm not anticipating any at this point, though. I haven't heard anything about anyone even thinking about leaving, so I'd say everyone else will stay.
The players said after the loss to Penn State that the talk didn't affect them, but you have to wonder if it played some kind of role somehow. Those guys aren't dumb. They read Twitter and everything else, so they had to know what people are saying. Next season is an important year, for sure, so you hope that the players are able to focus on the task at hand and not have to worry about what outside voices are saying.
There's no question it's a difficult job. But, we live in a results-based world. Many people only see wins and losses. Miles runs a clean program with good character guys, he's a great ambassador for the program, and people are still showing up in droves to watch. I've long been of the opinion that patience is needed. I'd love to see a winner as much as anyone, because I'm selfish and that would make my job way more fun. But I think if you're going to do it right, you have to be patient.
Yeah I didn't hear that either. I think Miles has always been pretty accountable and transparent when it comes to results, and maybe some people take that the wrong way. But I certainly didn't think he was throwing anyone under the bus.
I'm going to cop out and say all three. I think Tshimanga, Horne and Roby are all really intriguing guys that can bring a lot to the table. If Horne can develop into a consistent outside threat, that's a huge, huge plus for Nebraska's offense. And obviously the potential of both Tshimanga and Roby is exciting.
The books make the trip with the players. I don't know about tutors, but pretty much every team has time set aside every day for "study hall" so the guys can keep up with their academics.
I don't think Borchardt will get the scholarship. The coaching staff would like to add another guard to provide some depth at the point behind Glynn Watson and Evan Taylor, so I would expect them to go in that direction. They've been looking at a couple guys who are high school seniors now that haven't committed yet, so I would say the plan is to try and sign a high school recruit and then look to the transfer market if that doesn't work out.
Something else on Borchardt: he dinged up his knee a few weeks ago, but is planning to stay with the team. Miles said on his radio show last night not to count him out of Nebraska's frontcourt rotation. It will be interesting to see how he develops with a full offseason of work.
Yep, most coaches have a bunch of bonuses built into their contracts. Whether it be winning a conference title, getting an NCAA bid, whatever. And you're right. In a lot of cases, the further a team goes in the NCAAs, the bigger the bonus. While I don't have it in front of me, I know Miles has some of those built into his contract too
Tough to think of one off the top of my head. Maybe Purdue? It's just such a grind. You hope your key guys can stay healthy throughout the year, but everyone is hurting at the end of the season in one way or another. And it's not just injuries. Penn State had a flu bug run through its team early on in conference play. There's always going to be something out there waiting to trip up someone. You just have to hope you can avoid it as much as possible.
I thought you guys were great. There was a noticeable difference when the students were gone over winter break. Keep up the good work!
Sounds like he is more of a slasher, and I think he's kind of a combo 2/3 guy. At 6-6, 213 pounds, he could definitely be your 3 man in a smaller lineup, or a 2 guard if you wanted to go big. One of those guys you'd call a "tweener", I suppose
Any other topics of discussion? Who's in your Final Four? I still need to get my bracket filled out.
To tell you the truth, I'd love to be bored. It means things are going well. Tim and I have a great relationship, so what he said didn't really bother me. I don't blame him for what he said either. If I had people writing and talking about my job status I'll the time, I'm almost certain I wouldn't handle it as well as Tim did. I'd much rather have a coach that said quotable stuff like that than a guy that just spoke in soundbites all the time.