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    uneblinstu's Post Game Chatter: Vol 8, Issue 20 - @ Michigan State


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      - Before the game, watching on the BTN app, they had a feed from the Breslin Center during intros. While the NU players were being introduced, get this, they were LEADING a "Go Green, Go White" cheer. While they were announcing NU players!!! Can you believe that?!? How rude!!! Also, the non-student fans weren't exactly into it. They were sitting and clapping and stuff. No standing. No standing until the first MSU bucket. Not sure most realize how good things at NU really are.
      - Pretty big defensive breakdown on the first play of the game.
      - Looked like White had a pretty clear shot at an offensive rebound on NU's first possession.
      - MSU got off to the fast start that NU couldn't allow. I like the time out :50 in, intensity clearly elevated after that.

    - Leaving shooters open probably isn't a good recipe for success.
    - True to form, both teams fouling quite a bit early.
    - I think NU is just fine letting McQuaid shoot from just about anywhere on the floor.
    - NU holding their own just fine early.
    - Shields making things happen in the paint.
    - NU cleaning up the glass nicely.
    - Watson just isn't afraid.
    - Playing aggressively. Finishing. Can they maintain this level of play?
    - A little sloppy play, a couple quick shots and unsurprisingly, MSU makes a bit of a run.
    - And NU responds right back. That's great to see!
    - Looks like things got moving a little fast after the under 8 media. White picking up his 2nd didn't help.
    - Hmmm...Shields going down wouldn't be good.
    - I would have brought White in when Shields went down.
    - Webster doing some nice work at the end of the half, there.
    - Love how Parker sells out.
    - Tied at halftime. About all you can ask for!

     

    - Dimes, based on my source on the scene, I think you were right about the enthusiasm of the crowd.

     

    - Shields starts the 2nd half. Good news! And gets the bucket like nothing happened!
    - Mmmm...3 on AW3 isn't good.
    - Shields can get about any shot he wants.
    - ...and 4 on White...shoot...MSU went right at him on back to back possessions.
    - Gonna need Webster to step up.
    - MSU turned into the aggressor for a bit. NU needs to get back on the attack.
    - Somehow MSU stopped fouling.
    - NU really having trouble defending Davis and not fouling.
    - Valentine doing his thing. That's frustrating.
    - Wow, Shields can do no wrong.
    - BIG shot from McVeigh!
    - Webster has a tendency to get caught under the basket. Got bailed out a couple of times.
    - Seems like Parker probably shouldn't throw himself in front of a freight train very often.
    - Oh man, this team is starting to believe. Can they finish? Up 8 at the under 8.
    - White comes back with 7 minutes left...
    - Shields forced things a bit after that MSU 3 to cut it to 4.
    - Oh man, Jacobson's 3 went half way down TWICE!
    - Up 4 at the under 4... nervous...
    - Watson didn't do much after the first three minutes of so of the 2nd half. He needs to be more involved.
    - Too much Webster down the stretch. Watson. Shields. White.
    - And there's Shields again! Just a MONSTER game from him!
    - Loved the play after the clock stoppage! Attack the rim! Gotta hit the free throws, though!
    - How was that a foul on White? And for his 5th? C'mon. And they get free throws out of it. Brutal, potential game changing stretch.
    - Then Jacobson with the foul after Shields' miss. It was a foul, but bad timing. Man...
    - Of course MSU hits all theirs...
    - Didn't like the shot, but a big battle for the board from MJ! Those were some cold-blooded FT's. Good on ya, kid!
    - Big time shot by Harris. Wow.
    - That bank by Valentine, are you kidding me?
    - Webster ALMOST. ALMOST cost the game, but, you now what, he didn't!
    - I thought that shot was going in from Valentine. I was sure of it.
    - HOT DAMN! HOT DAMN! HOLY SHIELDS!

     

    - The talk was can they split the next four games? Well, they got a bit piece of that puzzle out of the way.
    - Did this with almost nothing from White. That's impressive.
    - This may be the defining performance of Shavon Shields' career. I mean, wow!
    - Didn't get much from Morrow, either. He'll bounce back.

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    I find this kind of interesting...the game thread was started with the mention that Glynn was sick and his minutes would be limited.  That dude gutted it out!!!

     

    Our freshmen are playa's.  They went into a hostile, fired up student section that really got their mojo going during the "clock issue" and grew up big time.  Man, I am still smiling.

     

    That's an understatement. Thing worked out for us in the end, but boy... I wasn't too happy with that mishap. That certainly shook things up for a bit. I'm glad our players didn't let that atmosphere get to them in the end.

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    We're really lucky they shot poorly from the stripe (12 of 21 = 57%.)

    They were also lucky to shoot 11-18 from 3, including the last make which was ridiculous.

     

     

    No kidding on that 'three heave.' That desperation three by DV was the 'game' if it had not clanged in. Nebrasketball from start to finish were in position to be the better team tonight. Typically the aggressor wins, and that was the Huskers on this fine evening; and that was with DV making 6 for 8 on triples.

     

    Shavon is our PTPer, in the words of Dick Vitale. The freshmen did some good things, as did Tai & Benny for what they were supposed to be doing. AW-III & Ed just were never much of a factor because of the foul situation. But tonight belonged to SHIELDS! What a stud, even getting injured with 4:24 left in the 1st half didn't slow him down. He TOOK OVER the game in the 2nd half. Like I wrote, WHAT A STUD!! GBR

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    I find this kind of interesting...the game thread was started with the mention that Glynn was sick and his minutes would be limited.  That dude gutted it out!!!

     

    Our freshmen are playa's.  They went into a hostile, fired up student section that really got their mojo going during the "clock issue" and grew up big time.  Man, I am still smiling.

     

    I HAVE A HUGE SMILE ON MY FACE !! 

     

    Third straight win over Izzo, two times on the road.  All these people are marveling over Iowa winning in East Lansing (and, yes, it was a great win & all). Hopefully everyone noticed that Nebrasketball just beat a desperate MSU team that HAD to have the W. MSU had their 3rd straight B1G defeat this season, and now, a 3rd straight defeat to Miles & Co. Bet Izzo wished he'd have never written the foreward to Miles' "Nebrasketball" book! lol

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    Two words:  HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

     

    Way to steal a game on the road!

     

    Absolutely love beating a team coached by a Hall-of-Famer who spends most of the game whining and throwing hissy fits on the sideline trying to work the refs.

    You could almost tell by the look on Izzo's face in the second half that he was thinking something along the lines of, "I'm a very successful 60 year old man, why do I still have a job that forces me to act like a clown 30 times a year?"

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    Two words:  HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

     

    Way to steal a game on the road!

     

    Absolutely love beating a team coached by a Hall-of-Famer who spends most of the game whining and throwing hissy fits on the sideline trying to work the refs.

    You could almost tell by the look on Izzo's face in the second half that he was thinking something along the lines of, "I'm a very successful 60 year old man, why do I still have a job that forces me to act like a clown 30 times a year?"

     

     

    Izzo never should have taken that free plane ride from Miles

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    ...another very key point in this game was the last four minutes of the first half.  White was sitting with foul issues and Shavon went out with his injury.  We could have really, really melted down.  Instead, the five on the floor stepped up.  I am not 100% sure who was on the floor, but I believe it may have been Tai, Glynn, Benny, Jack and Michael.  BIG time play.

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    Two words:  HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

     

    Way to steal a game on the road!

     

    Absolutely love beating a team coached by a Hall-of-Famer who spends most of the game whining and throwing hissy fits on the sideline trying to work the refs.

    You could almost tell by the look on Izzo's face in the second half that he was thinking something along the lines of, "I'm a very successful 60 year old man, why do I still have a job that forces me to act like a clown 30 times a year?"

     

     

    Izzo never should have taken that free plane ride from Miles

     

     

    Remember that someone convinced Izzo to write the foreward to the "Nebrasketball" book, too; Izzo also did a video tribute to Miles on winning the Big Ten Coach of the Year (IIRC). Izzo might have Miles on the mind! lol

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    Wow!!!    Had to DVR the game but stayed away from knowing the outcome until I could watch it.  What a great win.  Obviously terrific game from Shavon but everyone contributed.   Team really is playing with confidence right now.  We beat a very good team on a night when their best player played well and we even had to overcome some ridiculous calls (Whites 5th WTF??).   (Also were those TV announcers the Michigan St radio crew?  Can't remember a game with more on-sided commentary).

     

    Anyway - this sets up Saturday as huge game.  We need to avoid a letdown and protect our home court !!   Hopefully we have a big enthusiastic crowd Saturday.

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    The best thing from Shavon tonight?  He had success going to his left.

     

    Against Miami earlier in the season, Shavon tried going right and right only.  That he's worked a drive to his left into the mix just makes him all the more dangerous.

     

    Good to see that!

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    ...another very key point in this game was the last four minutes of the first half.  White was sitting with foul issues and Shavon went out with his injury.  We could have really, really melted down.  Instead, the five on the floor stepped up.  I am not 100% sure who was on the floor, but I believe it may have been Tai, Glynn, Benny, Jack and Michael.  BIG time play.

    Great pt - no Shields, no White. Coach could've panicked and put White back in, risking that 3rd foul. Shields left with around 4 1/2 to go before halftime, and we're down one, 28-27. Then Benny had the turnover for a MSU layup and it's 30-27. We looked to be in huge trouble there. Instead, the group on the floor kept us in it, getting it to a halftime tie. I think we held MSU scoreless the last 2 1/2 minutes of the half.

     

    Webster had a couple of drives and scores on floaters in the lane in that section if I remember right. We needed him to step up & he did. 

     

    Another key spot was at the 10-min mark of 2nd half. Shavon needed a blow, White had 4 fouls, game was tied, so we were in the same position. Tai had another key hoop that broke the tie, a 17-footer, followed by a Tai pass from the lane to the corner for the McVeigh 3. Then Benny gives up his body to break up the pass in the lane, Shields replaces an injured Benny, gets a 3-pt play and all of a sudden we're up 8 at the under-8 timeout. 

     

    Those two stretches won the game for us in my mind. We needed to survive without Shields & White on the floor and we did even more than that.

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    Valentine's prayer banked-in 3 with 5 seconds left was #1 on SportsCenter Top Ten

     

    "Valentine gets the highlight, but Nebraska gets the W." 

     

    :D I'll take that trade off

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    We're really lucky they shot poorly from the stripe (12 of 21 = 57%.)

    They were also lucky to shoot 11-18 from 3, including the last make which was ridiculous.

     

    I'll bet that was the "shit" Forde was talking about. 

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    Wow!!!    Had to DVR the game but stayed away from knowing the outcome until I could watch it.  What a great win.  Obviously terrific game from Shavon but everyone contributed.   Team really is playing with confidence right now.  We beat a very good team on a night when their best player played well and we even had to overcome some ridiculous calls (Whites 5th WTF??).   (Also were those TV announcers the Michigan St radio crew?  Can't remember a game with more on-sided commentary).

     

    Anyway - this sets up Saturday as huge game.  We need to avoid a letdown and protect our home court !!   Hopefully we have a big enthusiastic crowd Saturday.

    I love that.  I will always remember having to do that back in the day for a Pacers game when I was coaching legion ball.  Will never forget this epic 4th quarter. 

     

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