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    uneblinstu's postgame chatter: Vol: 10; ed: 27 - Rutgers


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      Isaiah Roby lands a huge dunk as Nebraska wins their 5th straight

     

     

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    That was largely a fun game.

    • The video before the game was pretty well done. I thought it set the right tone. Crowd seemed fully supportive. Loved to see that.
    • I thought the energy and focus they came out with to start the game was as good as it had been all year. I think, for at least that moment, they were as unified a group as they've been in a while.
    • It's really difficult to sustain that level of energy throughout, however, so as great as that 22-4 start was, they probably over exerted a bit. They basically held them at arms length the rest of the night.
    • Roby finally landed the monster slam! The place came unglued. I probably was more reserved than I should have been, I just assumed he'd get one of those eventually.
    • Frankly, we did some dynamic things that I haven't seen from a Nebrasketball team in a really long time. Those first 10 minutes of the game were a ton of fun.
    • We're really hot or cold from 3, huh? We had a couple of wide open looks that if we hit them, break the game wiiiiiiide open.
    • Loved the spark Duby gave us. He only played a handful of minutes, but the ones he did play were impactful.
    • James got smacked in the face early in the game. Never really seemed himself.
    • Thought Glynn was really good today, too. His stat line may not fully reflect that.
    • That was Roby's first double-double since the season opener. Also the first time he's scored in double figures in back-to-back games since the first two games of the year. Man, he was good today.
    • Jordy did some nice things. He's getting better around the rim, but if he puts the ball on the floor at all, he's toast. Also, he needs to get some stick 'em on those paws. I like the effort he brought today, though. Thought he was really disruptive on defense for the Rutgers drivers.
    • That was our third sweep of the season. We've got a chance for one more. And if not for letting one slip vs. PSU, we could have been in position to sweep all of our double plays.
    • I honestly never really expected to see an NU team sit at 10-4 in conference play. This is a blast. Let's keep this thing rolling!
    • Thought the crowd was mostly good. I expect it to be great on Tuesday. Le't see if we can sell it out again!

     

    That's all I've got for now.

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    1 hour ago, Swan88 said:

    Despite all the talk of a down B1G, all the remaining Husker games are against tough teams.  There aren’t any easy ones.

    👀 exactly. Rpi isn't everything in this data age, but they sure act like it is. I'm a stat guy myself but it gets kinda out of hand, this kind of thing here makes me really hate those guys. 

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    The Big Ten isn't chopped liver, ppl.  I think in the committee room for the Big Dance, the B1G will have plenty of respect for their conference. We'll have to wait & see how it plays out, but the Big Ten has had 5-7 teams selected most years. Hope NU can just keep putting up dubs. Make no doubt they're worthy! GBR!!

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    Just now, AuroranHusker said:

    The Big Ten isn't chopped liver, ppl.  I think in the committee room for the Big Dance, the B1G will have plenty of respect for their conference. We'll have to wait & see how it plays out, but the Big Ten has had 5-7 teams selected most years. Hope NU can just keep putting up dubs. Make no doubt they're worthy! GBR!!

     

    The Northwestern AD is on the committee, so we'll see if they can convey that to the rest of them.

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    Just now, HuskerFever said:

     

    The Northwestern AD is on the committee, so we'll see if they can convey that to the rest of them.

     

    And Bruce Rasmussen is the chair. He's been to a few Husker games. I think he knows NU is a good team this year. It'll all work out if the Huskers keep winning !!

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    This is fun.  Really fun to be a fan right now.  I'm usually worked up to a froth watching Husker basketball, but this team has a zen quality to it...  they really are a joy to watch.   I really have nothing else to add - just keep winning

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    17 minutes ago, Chad A said:

    This is fun.  Really fun to be a fan right now.  I'm usually worked up to a froth watching Husker basketball, but this team has a zen quality to it...  they really are a joy to watch.   I really have nothing else to add - just keep winning

     

    That's a really good way to put it.  To me it speaks to the maturity and unity clearly present on the team.  I don't have to get nervous with this team because I know we're in good hands with these guys.  They're simply a joy to watch.

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    A good sign when not much to disagree with on the follow-up comments. Hopefully I will say the same after Maryland. At least no snowstorm is expected for the 6 p.m. Tuesday game so that should minimize the leaving early crowd. We will need a raucous crowd for that one so be sure to bring your lungs.  

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    Oh, I also forgot to mention that with the Husker win yesterday, Wisconsin is now officially eliminated from the chance at even a share of a top 4 finish in the B1G.

     

    You're welcome B1G

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    1 hour ago, 49r said:

    Oh, I also forgot to mention that with the Husker win yesterday, Wisconsin is now officially eliminated from the chance at even a share of a top 4 finish in the B1G.

     

    You're welcome B1G

    They are playing like puppy poop today.  They certainly lack talent, but goodness, today it looks like they lack heart as well.

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    18 hours ago, AuroranHusker said:

     

    Definitely a lot of bounce in young Erving. Roby is so fun to watch when he's locked in.

    If you get a chance Youtube the '76 ABA Slam Dunk contest with Dr J, Larry Keenon, & David "Skywalker" Thompson. Makes one realize "athleticism" & "skill sets" aren't a recent phenomenon.  

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    Post Game notes from UNL

     

    Postgame Notes: 
    *-Nebraska improves to 10-4 in Big Ten play, marking its second double-figure win total since joining the conference (11-7 in 2013-14) and for the 12th time in school history. 
    *-Nebraska now stands at 19-8 overall, matching the program’s highest win total in 10 years (NU also won 19 games in 2010-11 and 2013-14). 
    *-The Huskers improved to 13-1 at home this season. That marks NU’s highest total since going 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the 2013-14 season. NU still has three remaining home games. 
    *-The Huskers have won five straight Big Ten games and seven of their last eight. NU last won five straight conference games in 2013-14, when it finished the Big Ten season with an 8-1 record down the stretch. 
    *-Nebraska has won its last three Big Ten home games by double-digits including today’s 14-point win over Rutgers, a 14-point win over Iowa and a 20-point win over then-No. 23 Michigan. The last time Nebraska won three straight conference home games by double-digits was 1997-98 in the Big 12 (Colorado, Oklahoma and Iowa State). 
    *-Nebraska had eight blocked shots today to increase its season total to 152. It now ranks eighth in school history and is the most since the 1998-99 team blocked 158 shots.
    *-James Palmer led the Huskers with 15 points and has been in double figures in 25 of 27 games this season.
    *-Isaiah Roby posted his second double-double of the season and his career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He is now tied for the team lead in double-doubles.
    *-Duby Okeke recorded his seventh multi-block game of the season and his first since blocking three shots against Northwestern on Jan. 2. Okeke finished with a season-high four blocks. 
    *-Nebraska improved to 8-1 this season when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting.

    Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
    On the outside noise preparing this week 
    "Practice was really slow yesterday to start with. We always do the same drill where we guard their actions and we play a game, "defensive points" we call it. Defense lost it, and we haven't lost defensive points in a long time. So, we played it again which doubled the amount of effort we were going to put out, or energy. Then, we played pretty good after that. By the end, I looked at Kenya (Hunter) and Michael (Lewis) and I said 'this looks like a team, right?' So, I felt a lot better after practice but until the midway point I was worried. You spend a lot of emotional energy on a week like that and that's what I told the guys. Stay off social media for the night, you can't read everything that's out there so just relax and get ready for an afternoon game. I didn't ask them to follow up on that, but they looked fine to me and played well the first half."

    On Rutgers
    "Steve does an excellent job and they're so physical it's going to be tough to deal with. You look at what's at stake, and you've got fourth place in the Big Ten and undefeated at home in the league and a chance to play your way into the NCAA tournament. There's a lot at stake. So, we need their focus and they understand what their goals are and they want to accomplish them."

    On the team's resilience
    "The first half I was worried because we had given up a lead (from 16 to 5). The second half, I thought we played well with the lead and earned the lead. I was pleased with the second half. I was pleased with the team and their demeanor, but I also reminded them we haven't beat Maryland yet at home. They're (Maryland) a good team, they played well today and we're going to have to be at our best for that team on Tuesday."

    On Duby
    "I'm really proud of Duby. It would be easy to sulk and pout and he hasn't. He's still talking in meetings, he's still talking game plan, his reps are down. We were talking and I said 'there's still times we're going to need you,' just because you haven't been in the rotation in a couple times, you're going to be reincarnated. Tonight, think the first shot he blocked it looked like it was going to be a layup and everybody cheered. When they were chanting his name when he came off, that was a pretty cool moment and well deserved."

    On the defense
    "We've played that hard at times and defense has to be our calling card. We just don't score enough and we're not at ease enough especially from the two point area, touch and go from three, too. So, we have to be great defensively."

    Senior Center Duby Okeke
    On his contribution to Saturday's win:
    “I had other good games where I came in for a few minutes and gave a spark. For it’s just like being the older guy, just have a mature approach. If I’m not in the game, try and give energy on the bench and if I get in the game, l do. You just have to take the good with the bad.”

    Junior Guard James Palmer Jr. 
    On Duby Okeke's play:
    “Were always happy for Duby when he gets in the game. We know he’s going to come in and rebound, and block shots and defend so it’s nothing new to us.”

    Sophomore Forward Isaiah Roby 
    On staying focused:
    “The coaches did a good job of keeping us focused. We had a lot of stuff to think about off the court too, but I mean once we get on the court it’s all basketball. They did a good job of that.”

    On improving on offense:
    “Just being more aggressive. Just trying to move harder, cut harder, not be so timid out there. My teammates have been finding me really well. That’s just a product of that.”

    Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell
    Opening Statement
    “Great environment tonight. Nebraska is playing good basketball. We certainly played better than that on the road here. We’ve been great at home. Tip of the hat, Coach [Miles] is doing a real good job. They got a lot of guys, they got a lot of answers, they got a lot of matchup problems, and we certainly didn’t play well enough today to make enough layups today to hang around.”

    On Rutgers’ ability to fight back while down by a large deficit
    “We just kept fighting. Offensive rebounds; obviously we’re a good offensive rebounding team. We missed a lot of layups tonight. You got to make layups, especially on the road, but I thought we just kept fighting. We’re a pretty good defensive team, so eventually our defense kind of catches up, and with the second shots. We finally got two of our players that haven’t played in a while back, and you could see they were a little rusty but it was good to have them back. We kind of clawed back into it, but you’ve got to do more than that to win the game on the road in this league.

    On if he sees elements of an NCAA tournament team in Nebraska
    “Oh, absolutely. I’ve watched all their tapes coming in. They’re on a good roll right now. They have good veteran guys. They have matchup problems; they can go big at times, they can go small. They can do a lot of different things, and Coach [Miles] is doing a real good job coaching them up. But they have a lot of answers, and they’ve got a veteran guard, Watson, I think he’s terrific. Against us the first time, he kind of won the game at the end. So they have some of those characteristics, which you need. You need your veteran guards to be good down the stretch. They have a few go-to players, they shoot the ball well enough and they’ve got great length.”

    On how Eugene Omoruyi and Mike Williams returning benefitted Rutgers
    “They had one day at a practice, both those guys. Huge, though. Eugene and Mike are tough. They are tough, they bring this toughness and they bring this fiber. Mike’s a senior and we don’t have a lot of veterans on this team so to have him back, and Eugene fights. It means a lot. It gives you some more options off the bench; we didn’t have a lot of options without those two. They played multiple positions so I can kind of move them around. They mean a lot to us, now we got to get them back in shape and get them back to playing the way they were before they were injured.”

    On if he was pleased with his team’s offensive rebounds
    “We missed a lot of shots, so we’re a pretty good offensive rebound team when we’re focused and Eugene gives us a lot of that, too. Having him back – that really hurt us in the last few games. So that’s a good number but it also means you missed a lot of shots, so you take it either way.”

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    21 hours ago, huskercwg said:

    They are playing like puppy poop today.  They certainly lack talent, but goodness, today it looks like they lack heart as well.

     

    Apparently my Great Dane puppy read this and decided to give me a sample for a comparison. And yep, Wisconsin is playing like puppy poop.

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    13 hours ago, colhusker said:

    Well done with the hand coloring!

     

     

    I'd love to have done something as well as this, but I can only take credit for finding it online. It is very well done, I agree.

     

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