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    uneblinstu's postgame chatter: Vol: 10; ed: 30 - Indiana


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    Had to grind that one out a bit, but they needed that one, big time.

     

    • This was a weird game. The first game felt like it was stuck in Champaign. It was maybe the worst half of basketball NU's played this year, at least on offense. Fortunately the defense made Indiana play ugly, too.
    • The second half, they eventually found their legs again and zoomed past IU.
    • I think the game was won when NU was forced to put Copeland and Palmer on the bench with foul trouble early in the second half, down 1 and turned that into a lead before they got back into the game.
    • Jordy came up big today. With the aforemoentioned JPG and Cope in foul trouble for a bit, we needed someone to step up. His rebounding was big today.
    • Roby continues to play well. He fell a rebound short of his fourth straight double-double.
    • Evan also comes up big with the game on the line, seemingly every time. He was one who stepped up in that period where the big guns were on the bench.
    • Glynn was better today. Still a couple sketchy decisions, but he hit a couple of big shots and that put back and-one was big time.
    • I think they got their butts chewed at half for all the 3's they were taking. The first half was so frustrating. 16 3's was absurd. 0 free throws was even worse. They had more free throws than 3's by double in the 2nd half and it probably what turned the tide.
    • Was this the most offensive rebounds we had all year? 19 is as many as I can remember in a long time. That was another big stat in the game.
    • The FT stats don't look great becasue they missed a few in the last minute, but they hit their first 9, I think, and that was big, too.
    • Basically, NU just dominated the last 14 minutes of the game or so. IU has some dudes.
    • I feel better now that PSU can't pass us in the standings. We could have the 4 seed locked up 22 hours from now.
    • Regardless of what happens in Happy Valley tomorrow, NU still needs that game badly on Sunday, and PSU likely will too. Should make for an intense basketball game. Crowd is gonna need to be better than they were most of the night tonight. Let's finish this thing out right!
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    32 minutes ago, huskercwg said:

    Isaiah always commits two bad fouls a game.  They are not always his fault, but they get him in trouble.   I think he got another butt foul tonight.

    Roby seems to always get called for cheap fouls.    He is leading the team in fouls for sure.  Against Illinois smith jumps over him and Isaiah gets called for the foul.  Tonight Jordy hammers the shooter and Isaiah gets the foul.   Those bad calls really hurt when they end up forcing him to sit at critical times.   He has a history of silly reach in fouls but he seems to be getting better at reducing them lately and now he’s just getting some bad luck with bad calls. 

     

    Another thing I’ve noticed in regards to Roby is that It seems like he is open quite a bit down low game after game and they fail to get him the ball for easy dunks as often as they could.   Tonight he was pointing to the hoop for an alley-oop during a transition down the court back to their basket and it went unnoticed.   Glynn seems to be best at finding him near the hoop , but it’s rare that  JPJ looks his way.   They seem not have the same chemistry  that he and Glynn have.    

     

    Anyway he is getting better and better and he does so many things that aren’t recorded in the stats that help us win.  If we want to make some serious noise in the big ten tourney I think  Roby  will need to continue to step it up as he has lately and  stay out of foul trouble.  

     

     

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    Speaking of Roby, he played a team-leading 35 minutes tonight.  His improvement in staying on the court and affecting the game in all the ways he does is probably under-reported.

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    7 hours ago, cjbowbros said:

    For a reference point 56% of major conference teams with RPI 50-60 get in. We'd be on the higher side of that but I think its possible

    Interesting, can you share the source on that? I would have guessed that would be more like 35% - 40%.

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    Single Season Record

     

    FREE THROWS MADE
    1. Jack Moore (1980)...................................................... 184
    2. Terran Petteway (2014).............................................. 167
    3. Dave Hoppen (1985) .................................................. 164
    4. Dave Hoppen (1984) .................................................. 158

    5. James Palmer (2018)................................................. 150

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    8 hours ago, ZAYWHAT! said:

    Another thing I’ve noticed in regards to Roby is that It seems like he is open quite a bit down low game after game and they fail to get him the ball for easy dunks as often as they could.   

     

     

    He can’t really post up at this point but he’s open on atleast a bakers dozen rolls per game and like wide open for a split second usually. It would be nice to see them cut back on the three pointers some in an effort to force feed those rolls 

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    8 hours ago, ZAYWHAT! said:

    Another thing I’ve noticed in regards to Roby is that It seems like he is open quite a bit down low game after game and they fail to get him the ball for easy dunks as often as they could.   Tonight he was pointing to the hoop for an alley-oop during a transition down the court back to their basket and it went unnoticed.   Glynn seems to be best at finding him near the hoop , but it’s rare that  JPJ looks his way.   They seem not have the same chemistry  that he and Glynn have.   

     

    You're right, in this game he slipped down toward the basket several times and looked wide open but the other guys really had a hard time getting him the ball.  If they tried the direct pass, Indiana always seemed to get a hand on the ball and if they tried the over the top pass, it was too high, long or both.  Maybe they were consistently a split second late on the decision, but I think you have to give credit to Indiana as they mucked up the passing lanes pretty well and had pretty good pressure on the ball.

     

    No comment about previous games regarding Roby, but in general, I feel like NU is not great at entry passes.  Might be because most of the time there is really no post-up presence in the game and the offense is not geared that way.  Jordy has been working hard the last few games, but in his typical minutes, there's really only a few chances.

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    I don't really care strongly about this bench mob stuff. We are winning and the team likes it...big whoop, right?  

    Here's what I love about it though: even though this isn't the intent it's getting national talk.

    If you're looking for little things like Marist winning a game or whatever here is another little thing that gets some eyeballs on us.

     

     

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    2 minutes ago, jimmykc said:

    Search though I may, I can't seem to find the all-important stat of how our turnovers were apportioned player-wise.

    6 players with turnovers, 5 with 2 or more

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    Just noticed that we shot only 59% from the line, not good overall but really bad considering I thought I heard the TV guy say we were 8 for 8 at one point midway through the second half.  Means we were 2 of 9 down stretch.

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    Wins (Season)

     

    1. 1990-91 - 26 (NCAA)

    2. 1982-83 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1977-78 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    5. 2017-18 - 21

    5. 1995-96 - 21 (NIT)

    5. 1986-87 - 21 (NIT)

     

    Wins (Not including post season)

    1. 1990-91 - 26

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    3. 2017-18 - 21

    3. 1977-78 - 21


     

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    36 minutes ago, B-town hoopsfan said:

    He can’t really post up at this point but he’s open on atleast a bakers dozen rolls per game and like wide open for a split second usually. It would be nice to see them cut back on the three pointers some in an effort to force feed those rolls 

     

    I disagree.  Isaiah has some of the best post moves on the team.

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    3 minutes ago, hhcdimes said:

    Wins (Season)

     

    1. 1990-91 - 26 (NCAA)

    2. 1982-83 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1977-78 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    5. 2017-18 - 21

    5. 1995-96 - 21 (NIT)

    5. 1986-87 - 21 (NIT)

     

    Wins (Not including post season)

    1. 1990-91 - 26

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    3. 2017-18 - 21

    3. 1977-78 - 21


     

    26 is possible this year!  God that feels good to type.

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    6 minutes ago, colhusker said:

    Just noticed that we shot only 59% from the line, not good overall but really bad considering I thought I heard the TV guy say we were 8 for 8 at one point midway through the second half.  Means we were 2 of 9 down stretch.

    They've been a good FT shooting team most of conference play. I'm not overly concerned.

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    1 minute ago, uneblinstu said:

    They've been a good FT shooting team most of conference play. I'm not overly concerned.

    Thing about it last night it was the opposite of what we've done all year.  Most of the year we've been clutch at the end of games.

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    Just in the last minute, I think we were 0-6.  Palmer drew a foul call and went to the line and bricked both.  Then we got the offensive rebound and Taylor, I think, went to the line and missed both.  And then did we get a 2nd offensive rebound by Roby and he was fouled?  I know Roby went to the line next and I was thinking, OK, we got these now.  But no.  Roby misses both.   And I'm thinking thank goodness we're up 11.

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    3 minutes ago, colhusker said:

    Thing about it last night it was the opposite of what we've done all year.  Most of the year we've been clutch at the end of games.

    Which is why I'm not overly concerned. It's the exception to what we've seen mostly. Unless it happens again, I'm not gonna make much of it.

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    2 minutes ago, uneblinstu said:

    Which is why I'm not overly concerned. It's the exception to what we've seen mostly. Unless it happens again, I'm not gonna make much of it.

    Oh not concerned, just pointing out a stat I notice while getting Jimmy his turnover answer.

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    7 minutes ago, colhusker said:

    Thing about it last night it was the opposite of what we've done all year.  Most of the year we've been clutch at the end of games.

     

    Strategic misses for offensive rebounds to ice the game

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    16 minutes ago, hhcdimes said:

    Wins (Season)

     

    1. 1990-91 - 26 (NCAA)

    2. 1982-83 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1977-78 - 22 (NIT)

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    5. 2017-18 - 21

    5. 1995-96 - 21 (NIT)

    5. 1986-87 - 21 (NIT)

     

    Wins (Not including post season)

    1. 1990-91 - 26

    2. 1919-20 - 22

    3. 2017-18 - 21

    3. 1977-78 - 21


     

    Actually two of the ‘90-‘91 wins came in Big 8 tournament, so that number should be 24. 

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    Just now, CrazyforNUHOOPS said:

    Actually two of the ‘90-‘91 wins came in Big 8 tournament, so that number should be 24. 

     

    Are the conference tourney games considered not the regular season?  I didn't take those wins out of any seasons

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    Postgame Notes 
    *-Nebraska improved to 12-5 in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers’ 12 conference victories tie the school record, as Nebraska also won 12 Big Eight Conference games during the 1965-66 season and 12 Missouri Valley Conference wins during the 1915-16 campaign.

    *-The Huskers notched their 21st win of the regular season, marking only the third time in program history that Nebraska has won more than 20 games in a regular season.

    *-Nebraska improved to 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season, marking just the sixth time in school history a Husker team has won 15 or more home games. The 15 wins also ties a building record set during the 2013-14 season.

    *-NU forced 19 Indiana turnovers, tying the Hoosiers’ season high. Indiana also committed 19 turnovers in their season opener against Indiana State.

    *-Nebraska scored 26 points off Indiana turnovers, the Huskers’ highest point total in that category during Big Ten play this season.

    *-Nebraska’s 19 offensive rebounds was its highest total since grabbing 20 against North Texas on Nov. 13.

    *-Nebraska finishes the regular season 8-0 in either zero or one-day preps, including 4-0 in Big Ten action.

    *-Jordy Tshimanga’s nine rebounds is his highest total in Big Ten play this year. He had eight in the win over Iowa on Jan. 27.

    *-James Palmer Jr. finished with 15 points, his 28th double figure game of the season, while Isaac Copeland reached double figures for the 21st time with 13 points.

    *-Evan Taylor tied his season high in both rebounds (seven) and blocks (two), numbers he had done twice this season

    Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
    Opening Statement
    “I thought it was interesting for our guys. I thought the first half we were really jittery. Again, you could see that we shot 15 threes and no free throws, which is not like us. At half-time they talked about playing with confidence, this that and that and the other thing. I am like guys ‘nobody’s game has changed in the three weeks. You know, what has changed is the circumstances. But, you should embrace that.’ That is kind of what an upstart has to do, they have to win a game like this to gain that confidence. Especially, when your cruising along, you’re winning, you beat Maryland even though you’re a little tight. Then, all the sudden you drop one and its like oh boy. You just can’t play like its oh boy, you have to play like its ‘I know this is going to go our way’. But, you don’t do that until you’ve earned it. And that was kind of tonight, one of those nights when I think we earned victory. I think it really helped them build that belief that we can beat anybody.”

    On James Palmer Jr. and his defense 
    “I thought he (James Palmer Jr.) did a very good job. I thought we did a very good job as a team chasing them off the line. We could not let them get going from three.”

    On Evan Taylor
    “Evan wasn’t, I didn’t think, wasn’t there the first half either but the second half when he came in, I think he made the most of his opportunity. He made some big-time steals on hustle plays, tips, deflects, rebounds, scored at the rim in transition. Evan was really outstanding in the second half when we needed him. That is a huge luxury, having a senior like that coming off the bench and be able to play extended minutes in a quality game like that.”

    On the second half 
    “I think the important part was to finish the game with a great defensive stretch and control the ball on offense and put them away, you know, stretch that lead out from 5 to 11 or whatever it was. That’s one of those things that, with the first half and how we played, I wasn’t sure it was going to end like that. But as we got into the game there was no doubt.”

    On the best aspect of the game and the Penn State game coming up 
    “Well, defense. I thought we did a great job on defense. I thought we did a good enough job on (Juwan) Morgan and on all those perimeter kids. Penn State has got as much talent as anyone in this league. They have just got a tremendous team. That game should be a high-level game.”

     On making winning plays of the game
    “No doubt you feel a little bit better when you win. We did not hustle the way we needed to in the first half, but we did in the second half. We did a much better job. Everything about our game in terms of our aggressiveness and the right way to play, you could see in the stat sheet but you’ve got to look for it. As a coach, you see it as fans, you see that extra effort and it will show up in the right places.”  

    Sophomore Forward Isaiah Roby 
    On the team’s mindset 

    “It is a must-win. Can’t lose anymore. If we want to go to the tournament, we have to build our resume. We have another big game on Sunday. Today was a big game for us to win, and then we have to make some noise in the tournament, too.”

    On the defense “Yeah, yesterday in practice we really focused on defense. We didn’t really do much, it was more of a mental day. But, it was probably 70% focusing on them, not on us. The coaches did a really good job of telling us what their game plan was offensively. We were able to disrupt them, frustrate them, and get some steals and force them into some tough shots.”

    On perimeter defense 
    “That was the number one priority. When you have got a guy like (Robert) Johnson, he made nine (3-pointers) last game. That had got to be a number one emphasis. It was our goal to slow him down, slow down their point guard (Devonte Green), and we did a pretty good job of that.”

    Junior Guard James Palmer Jr. 
    On first-half shooting  
    “I (thought) we were getting to the rim in the first half too.”

    Senior Guard Evan Taylor 
    On tonight’s game vs. Illinois  

    “I think we got stops. In the Illinois game, we allowed them to get second shots. Tonight, we got stops.”

    Junior Guard Glynn Watson Jr.  
    On playing aggressive  “I just came out with the same mindset and be aggressive. Coach Miles wants me to be aggressive. My teammates want me to be aggressive, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

    Indiana Head Coach Archie Miller

    Opening Statement 
    “Good win by Nebraska. I thought they really finished the game, last eight minutes the right way. We had a really hard time all night taking care of the ball, and we’re slow to second shots. [We] played hard and had some guys do some really good things. I thought we were right there for a good portion of the game, but you can’t do that on the road. (They had) 19 second shots, (we had) 19 turnovers, just not going to get it done. So disappointed, but we’ve got a quick turnaround for our home finale against Ohio State. We have to get ready for that but we’re going to have to be a lot better.”

    On the unforced turnovers 
    “Just a lack of toughness, lack of confidence. I don’t know what it was, maybe the road environment scared them a little bit, I’m not sure. But some of the plays just didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Coming out of halftime trying to get it regrouped, we had four more turnovers right away so we couldn’t take care of it tonight. Give their defense credit. I’m sure they had a lot to do with it, but there were some unforced ones that made no sense.”

    On sophomore Devonte Green’s inconsistency late in the season 
    “He’s been consistent. He’s just played probably his best game of the season at Iowa. He had not a great night tonight. We’ll need him, obviously, to be a lot better against Ohio State.”

    On freshman Justin Smith’s play 
    “Played well, played well. [He] was all over the glass, did a great job finishing some dump-downs. I thought defensively for the most part [he] did a really good job of doing what we asked him to do. He guarded the ball probably as well as he’s guarded it all year. I thought he played, for him, another really good game. I think if you look at his numbers here the last three or four games, I think he’s given us an added dimension. So it’s good to see him finish strong down the stretch and I thought he looked the part out there tonight.”

    On how he thought his team handled junior James Palmer Jr. “He’s a good player. I thought for the most part we just tried to make him earn everything. I don’t think he had a whole lot of easy ones. If he did, it was off of our turnovers in transition. I think in the half court, I thought Rob in particular did a good job keeping him front. Our team kind of contained the paint for the most part. It’s hard, though. It’s hard to contain him. He’s big, he’s strong, he can score and he’s probably a first team all-conference player.”

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