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  1. 19 points
    HuskerFever

    This Year Wasn't All That Bad

    It sounds crazy for a 12-19 (6-12) season that went off the deep end at the end of the season, but hear me out. We did some pretty special things this year. - Coach Miles got to go back to his coaching roots and spend time with a plane full of University of Mary fans. - We went into the Wooden Legacy tournament and fought our way into the winners side of the bracket for the first time in a long time. - We played tough against a #14 5-0 UCLA team, keeping the game within six with three minutes to go, who finished #3 28-3 (15-3) in the regular season. - We played #3 8-1 Kansas team in historic Allen Fieldhouse and got to relive the Big 12 days a little bit. - We showed spurts of being a team that fought hard and didn't give up against really good competition. - We beat Indiana on the road when they were #16 10-2. - We beat Maryland for the first time since joining the Big Ten and did it at their place nonetheless. - We started off the conference season alone in the #1 with a 3-0 start. - We ended up beating Purdue and Maryland who finished the #1 and #3, respectively, in the Big Ten conference and went to overtime with the #2 Wisconsin. - We made a palindrome of wins and losses through 15 games in the season. - We ended the season with a Top 25 strength of schedule and were #1 and in the Top 5 most of the season, something that could not be said during non-conference play in the Doc era; it was exciting to watch elevated competition this year. - We played in a lot of close games, nine games within four points and five games within nine points. - It wasn't until 45% of the way through the conference schedule until we got blown out by an opponent. - We have a roster full of underclassman who all showed spurts of promise for the future, with only one senior on the roster. - We have had at least some level of depth on the bench for the first time in a long time. - We have been recruiting some high caliber players throughout the year. - We saw Tai grow so much throughout his career and finish off his time as a proud Husker and second-team all-Big Ten. - We got a much-needed "big man" that we were in desperate need for a few years. - We saw Jordy grow a lot throughout this season. - We saw Tyronn Lue come back to Nebraska to see his jersey retired. - The Nebrasketball community banded together and rebelled against the athletic department and continued the "Husker Power" chant. - Brian Rosenthal became the official "official" source. - Shawn Eichorst spent little-to-no-time announcing that Coach Miles will be returning to Nebraska next year, providing fans with less ambiguity, stress, and clarity than letting rumors take a life of their own over the off-season. - We played a schedule with a combined record of 487-265 (248-182) as of March 8 (which is 65% and 58% respectively) with teams currently rankes 1, 3, 12, 23, 25, and 7 other teams receiving votes. Some of those teams finishing the regular season 1st in the Atlantic-10, 1st in the Summit League, 1st in the Big 12, 2nd in Conference USA, 3rd in the Pac-12, 3rd in the SWAC, and 4th in the Big South. Teams currently projected in the NCAA tournament are seeded 1, 3, 4, 6 (x2), 7 (x2), 8 (x2), 9 (x2), and 10. It's hard not to find something good about this season. I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what's in store for 2017-2018.
  2. 15 points
    Ugh, this is my least favorite part of March Madness (and the lead-up to it now, I guess), when we start talking about how much better Player McPlayerson from Directional U is than our own roster. I like UNO and love that they made a good run -- but this is also a team that had 100 points dropped on them THREE times this season (by Rice, Oral Roberts and Fort Wayne), who was swept by Fort Wayne, and who had a 7-6 non-con record (with a win over Iowa but double-digit losses to USC, KState, Rice, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, and Pitt -- average margin of loss was 19 points). Do they have a player or two who might contribute here? Sure, in a bench role, they might. But let's also feed Ed Morrow or Jack McVeigh a steady diet of those games and see what they look like. Again, I like UNO. Glad they made it as far as they did. They score points a lot so their horrible defense isn't as glaring and they can be fun to watch. But I'll take our guys pretty much any day of the week. (back to lurkerdom...)
  3. 12 points
    uneblinstu

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    If you're gonna tweet that out the instant the game ends...why let it linger the past month?
  4. 11 points
    ladyhusker

    This Year Wasn't All That Bad

    I almost wish, instead of win-loss records, we had a way to figure RPI or included our SOS ranking with the record or something for a better picture of the overall year. I loved Doc, but if our current team traded schedules with one of his teams, I don't think any of us would be upset with the win-loss record. For reference, because I was curious, I actually looked up the 2010-11 schedule, which was Year 5 Doc...we went 7-9 in conference, but made it to the NIT after only losing two non-con games...because we played USC, Creighton, Vandy (lost that one) and everyone else pretty much had a "State" or a direction in their school name. Point being, it isn't really a true representation to compare wins and losses only between coaches sometimes, because I don't think anyone would argue that the level of competition was MUCH higher this year than basically any year in Doc's (or Barry's?) tenure. I'm not excusing the losses being as numerous as they were, but it only stands to reason that a harder schedule would yield more losses. If we wanted to be the SWAC champions again I'm sure we could, but this is the tradeoff for a better schedule, and honestly, considering the circumstances, I'm not really displeased about the results we got. The timing of the last slump was poor, of course, because that's what we'll focus on going into next year...but I'm glad someone brought up the cool moments and unlikely accomplishments this team had prior to the last two weeks.
  5. 9 points
    hhcscott

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    So I have come down from.peak disappoinment and agree with something Dimes said about Tai and Shavon (and by association, Terran, and Aleks, and Ade, and Ryan Anderson, and Brandon Ubel) We keep having A SENIOR that would have really benefitted from a cohort, a pack, a crew, a mob, whatever the relevant word is, of talented peers who came up together and grew and leaned on each other and built a team with their class, and a class younger (think King/Reid/Scales, Hayes/Owens, Chubick/Piatkowski, Strickland/Boone) I think the Sophs and Frosh this year could build that, could stick and persevere and be the foundation for the future. Dammit Here we go again.
  6. 9 points
    Busch Light

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    I did not want to retain Miles. However, the decision has been made and I am 100% rooting for him. No need to rehash, go negative, or divide into factions. That's what a large chunk of our football fans do and us NU hoops fans are better than that. Let's get it done next year.
  7. 7 points
    hhcdimes

    This Year Wasn't All That Bad

    Doc and Barry were scheduling to win games. Miles is scheduling to make the NCAA tournament. There is a difference.
  8. 7 points
    thattimeofyear

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    I'd say nick is the only 1 gone
  9. 6 points
    jimmykc

    Adjustments

    Try to learn at least one effective out of bounds play.
  10. 6 points
    hhcdimes

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    First off, thanks for the kind words. I probably post on here wayyyyyy to the point I'm overbearing but it's typically because I care. The hope I see in all of this is Shavon Shields and Tai Webster. We''ve propped them up with transfers but it's been those guys who put in 4 years that have really made an impact. What I see is that instead of having just one of those guys as a junior/senior we're looking at a core of those guys who are currently sophomores and freshmen. What can we do if we finally have a stable core of players who started here as freshmen? As someone pointed out, this isn't some roster devoid of hope that we're going to fill with JUCOs. Did we have some non-Mid Major flavor of the year lined up? I like Miles but I'm not married to the guy and would be real interested. If not, what is the rush to hire Yet Another Mid Major guy? If Miles isn't the guy who can put this core of players together into a winner then you can just hire Mid Major guy the year after. The guys that stick around for 2017-18 are going to be here for 2018-19. Considering what we have built and what I've seen happen to our football and WBB teams in year one of a new coach the smart play is to see if Miles can do here
  11. 6 points
    jdw

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Hey Eric I in Cozad your take is wrong bitch
  12. 6 points
    hhcscott

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    I'm glad for Tim. I want him to succeed, but, I'm really finding it hard to care. The team stopped showing heart, effort, basic skill weeks ago. I don't think firing the coach fixes it, but neither does keeping the coach. I wanted Barry, and Doc to succeed too but each firing and hiring made zero difference. We might as well hire Bill Murray for our little Groundhog's Day. I've been a passionate and loyal fan since the Jack Moore era, and have been on this amazing forum since the early days with Dave, but nothing changes. Dimes has made the forum incredible, still not winning. PBA and the practice facility, still no conference titles. Succession of coaches and assistants, no tournament wins, heck not even on the bubble. How many would kill for a nice NIT run in the last decade? I wish I had answers. I wish I could teach three-point defense or get B1G refs who called fouls the same way at both ends, but all I've got is this terrible sense that I've been down this road too many times. Have a great offseason long suffering Husker Hoops Fans. Rebuild your stamina because next year is going to be more of the same.
  13. 6 points
    hhcscott

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Has Rosenthal confirmed?
  14. 5 points
    Norm Peterson

    Adjustments

    We already have one.
  15. 5 points
    49r

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    ...and this is where I've been all along as well. Why #BurnItDown when you have that young core just starting to become upperclassmen. You can ALWAYS #BurnItDown, there's ALWAYS a hot mid-major guy out there just itching to take the Husker job (as long as we open the checkbook ), so what's the rush. Why chop down the tree just when it looks like it might start bearing fruit?
  16. 5 points
    Cazzie22

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Time to get behind Coach Miles and try to be positive about the future. Our returning players all need to improve and get in the gym and find a shooting stroke.
  17. 5 points
    aphilso1

    Penn State vs Nebraska Game Thread

    Damn Ruskies. The election was one thing...but meddling in our Husker basketball business? Now they've gone too far.
  18. 4 points
    hhcdimes

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    One other thought: We are a school that has committed money to basketball. We've got the facilities built and we've put money towards coaches and towards the program. We're probably willing to put forward more. Some people wield this as evidence that we should be entitled to win. I see it as reassurance that we are not destined to always lose. We are among the schools with the resources that allow us to make changes that others cannot. If you look at where we are big picture it seems pretty certain that either Miles will make it and it was the right decision or Miles won't make it and we will start over. We can and will quibble over what "making it" means but to me 16-18 isn't making it. Not going to the post season isn't making it. There is a resolution in this decision and I oddly find it stabilizing. I think stabilization would be good for this program as well and hope that we find it this next season.
  19. 4 points
    uneblinstu

    Adjustments

    A floor general would be nice.
  20. 4 points
    I no more than posted this and the SE tweet came out. Should have waited a bit HUH.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    jimmykc

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Miles and his coaches will know that no NCAA tourney next year means they are all gone. Pressure, yes but they bring home big checks too. This is a much better scenario than hiring someone this year who would have to perform using the players Tim recruited and with half of the (small) fan base thinking the old coach was kicked out too soon. This happened with Solich and look how that turned out. Almost everyone will agree that either deliver or go next year is inevitable. Hopefully it will be deliver.
  23. 4 points
    Forget this season... move forward. 1. Stay healthy over the summer. 2. Find a way to get Copeland for a full year! 3. Shoot the hell out of the ball every damn day. 4. Let them shoot in "The Bank" whenever they want to. Hell... practice there more if it'll help. 5. Build us a top 100 SOS that will get us to conference play with 9-10 wins.
  24. 4 points
    hskr4life

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Why in the hell tweet that at the very instant the game is over. Say that 2 weeks ago or even BEFORE the B1G tourney. My goodness it is like everyone was wanting us to play with tight knots the last 5 games.
  25. 4 points
    49r

    Sipple checks in

    Coaching changes aren't necessarily a panacea. Is all I'm saying.
  26. 4 points
    mwm89

    WBB: Game #28 vs Michigan State

    Not surprised at the comment. That is generally the attitude towards bottom-dwellers, regardless of any other circumstances.
  27. 4 points
    swmckewon

    Future Expectations Poll

    Shepard is important, but it's the guards...in two years, with Eliely, whitish, Stallworth and Kissinger...that's a good Big Ten backcourt. You might get 45 points out of that quartet per game.
  28. 3 points
    ladyhusker

    This Year Wasn't All That Bad

    Which is exactly the point...if the goal is to have a good win-loss record, let's schedule every team in the Summit League and feast away (sorry, couldn't resist). But if the goal is to make the NCAA tournament, wins and losses just as numbers can't be a gauge for whether a season was good or not, and how the team plays must be considered as criteria. The last two weeks certainly don't sit well with me either, and the way we played was a pretty big shock -- which, I'd posit, was an anomaly to the rest of the year (which would seem to indicate something significant happening to affect it...which others have discussed extensively in other threads, and I probably don't want to wade into that again here). I'd just submit that purely pointing at our record and using that to define the last three years under Miles (as it stacks up to his predecessors) doesn't seem to be a good way to determine if someone is or isn't a good coach, or if a season is or isn't bad; the point of this thread, then, seems to be to find the positivity we can take from a numerically poor season, and I appreciate that kind of holistic approach. There's a lot to be encouraged by in this season, even if it didn't end well -- and that, at least in my eyes, actually includes the aggressiveness in scheduling and prioritizing a path to the NCAA tournament over the chance to pick up 22 (largely empty) wins. (Before anyone points out the obvious: no, no one is arguing against all that yet; this something of a pre-emptive commentary. And yes, I fully know you need to actually win games to make the NCAA tournament, and we didn't do enough of that, I'd say probably for a myriad of reasons, some of which are under Miles' control and some of which are not. I'm just pointing out that, unless wins -- any wins -- are the ONLY goal, they also can't be the only criteria -- and in that sense, hanging our hat on some moral victories isn't entirely inappropriate.)
  29. 3 points
    Norm Peterson

    Adjustments

    There are team and scheme adjustments. There are also individual "adjustments" if you will. We need depth at guard. I'm afraid with the kind of injury he had, we might not ever see Anton Gill at full speed again, which would be sad because you could watch him during timeouts hobbling to the huddle with his knee brace on and giving players who were just yanked some encouragement. Good sign for the kind of character he has, but I'm not sure he'll ever be able to display that leadership on the floor. So, either Palmer needs to make grades and be the shooter we've heard he is or Nana needs to arrive ready for the big stage. Second, Isaiah Roby can do so many wonderful things. He has fantastic length. He handles the ball pretty well for a guy that size. His passing is really, really good. Both he and Horne have some nice spin dribble moves to the hoop. What Jeriah lacks in athleticism, Isaiah has in spades. But Jeriah has a shooting stroke that Isaiah can't yet match. What we need is Jeriah Roby or Isaiah Horne. I think it's more likely that we see Isaiah learn to shoot than see Jeriah suddenly become an explosive athlete. So, as far as off-season adjustment, Isaiah needs to spend some quality time with our Director of Player Development and work on that perimeter jumper. Love to see him make a Glynn-esque jump into the 40s on 3-pt percentage, but I could happily live with mid- to upper-30s. But he needs to shoot more than 9 per season. That number has to go way up next year. Next biggest mover has to be Jordy. He has to make the kind of strides in the weight room that Ed and Michael made last year. I want him 280# and a beast. But he also needs to really work on his game. I came very early for senior night the other night and watched the drills before the game. Tai Webster has far better post moves than Jordy does. Tai, get with your buddy, Jordy, and teach him some post moves. He needs to get the footwork down and get that head-fake down and learn to go up stronger. Use that NBA body. If Jordy develops the way I think he can (and SHOULD) he should double his scoring output next year. And that alone would increase our assist numbers by 25%. Would love to see Ed and Michael develop reliable mid-range jumpers they could hit from the elbow or the short corner. Those are shots you can sometimes find in the gaps in a 2-3 zone, which we'll probably see some of next season. I think one of our bigger offensive shortcomings this season was we didn't have the ability to force help. If Jordy became the kind of post scorer I think he can be, we'll be able to force double teams, allowing us maybe some more open shot opportunities on the perimeter. If our perimeter shooters step up, we could open up more driving lanes. It's all kind of interconnected and the individual improvements can lead to some team improvements as well. But the guys have to get on it.
  30. 3 points
    Norm Peterson

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    You don't know how glad I am to hear you say that.
  31. 3 points
    colhusker

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Well at some point I will be home for a home basketball game and I will buy around for those here who came make it.
  32. 3 points
    Donkey

    Adjustments

    1. Put some combination of Roby/McVeigh/Horne at the 3. Before White transferred, I had concerns about the depth at Guard. When White left and Taylor arrived, my reservations heightened. We were left with 4 players to cover the 1, 2, and oftentimes 3. While Miles did start the season with McVeigh at the 3, things did not work out as intended with McVeigh and Gill was lost due to injury. Instead of putting McVeigh back at the 3 or starting Roby/Horne, Miles responded by further depleting the unit by starting Taylor. Watson and Webster play probaly 80%+ of the minutes over the entire season. By the end, both of them did not have the energy needed for the big games. Watson was hurt during the season and was forced to play. I still remember seeing Webster all beat up at the end of the Iowa double OT game. A solid 4-5 player rotation at the 1 and 2 would really help. 2. Empower Roby, Morrow, Watson, and Jacobson. These guys need to take over this team and lead. 3. Establish a firm role for McVeigh and Horne as our designated 3pt guys. Yes Horne, and at times McVeigh, can offer more, but we need a couple of snipers to open up the floor. Those two would be best in that role. Also, both could play the 2, 3, and 4 depending upon match ups. That would allow Miles to use different personnel but Horne and McVeigh would still have the same primary roles offensively. 4. For the first time in a very long time, there may be almost too much depth at the 4 and 5. Jordy, Morrow, Jacobson, and Copeland should all play equal minutes as Morrow and Copeland both have had injury issues and Jordy is still developing. Jacobson is my favorite player but has his limitations. If Miles spreads the floor and moves Roby/Horne/McVeigh to the 4, Jacobson should be the last guy playing the 5.
  33. 3 points
    There's a few of them that I wouldn't mind seeing transfer to another school.
  34. 3 points
    hhcdimes

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    I'm going to make a bold prediction and say no one is going to Munson us in June this year.
  35. 3 points
    hhcdimes

    Adjustments

    Our strength was rebounding all those bunnies and being average about not turning the ball over. FTR is a huge concern for a team that wasn't shooting well. You can get away with that if you're Michigan. A bad shooting team that can't get to the FT line is.....not going to the NCAA tournament.
  36. 3 points
    LK1

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Haha... awesome. I agree though. The talent TM has brought in should be allowed to be coached at least one year at the upperclassmen level. It's pretty undeniable that every freshman from last year became better this year by quite a bit save, maybe, Jack during his slump. If we see that same jump (or a bigger jump a la Tai) in this next season among all of the sophomores and freshmen, that's the difference in several close losses we had this year. The addition of Copeland--a much more conventional scorer than Tai--and Akenten--who shoots 50% from 3 in addition to having crazy elevation to get his shot--are going to fit nicely, I think. I'm optimistic that the talent alone on next year's roster will overwhelm many teams we face. Hopefully Miles will improve as a strategist and motivator.
  37. 3 points
    hhcdimes

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Here's one thing about the Miles era: When's the last time you heard some jag sarcastically say "We have a basketball team?!?!?"
  38. 3 points
    Norm Peterson

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    Shields played a lot better down the stretch than Tai did, unfortunately.
  39. 3 points
    colhusker

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    We will replace Tai just fine. Not a slam on the kid because he was our leader. However, Shields was our leader last year and folks wondered how we would replace him. Someone will step up and after next year if the person is a SR or JR who could leave like Petteway, we will all wonder who will fill the role.
  40. 3 points
    The Polish Rifle

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that this is the right move. Pressure creates diamonds right? Miles, Glynn Ed and MJ all seem like fighters to me. Ill admit I was mad after the game and was looking forward to a change of scenery. But after a couple beers, I'll choose to believe that the last 5 turds of basketball games have lit a fire under their ass.
  41. 3 points
    TomEadesSucks

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    I'm sure Mark Banker was excited for next season, too. But you're probably right.
  42. 3 points
    Ron Mexico

    Adjustments

    Our strength on offense is getting the ball in the paint either through dribble drive or to the post. We are an average at best perimeter shooting team. I'd like to see an offense that allows Ed to play his natural position of the 4 and Jordy on the inside with Michael coming off the bench. I hope that Roby improbes enough to play the 3. At 2 either Gill or Taylor and Glynn at the point.
  43. 3 points
    MichHusker

    Adjustments

    I would love to see us install a tempo press and use 75% of the game. If we are gonna be abysmal on defense, we might as well help ourselves out by giving the team less time to get their offense set up
  44. 3 points
    Huskerone

    Okay I'll start it Who is coming back?

    They all should commit to being better both individually and as a team. For Nebraska. No one should leave. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every role on the team is important. The entire program (coaches and players) needs to hole up in the Hendricks Center and work on getting better. Start with a Joe Maddonism, do simple better, and go from there. It would be nice not to hear a thing about Nebraska basketball until the season starts next year. There's work to do. GBR!
  45. 3 points
    royalfan

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    Understatement of the year.
  46. 3 points
    HuskerFever

    Miles will be here for 2017-18

    EICHORST IS ALIVE!
  47. 3 points
    jason2486

    Penn State vs Nebraska Game Thread

    Typical, typical end to another season...seen this show a hundred times...future is bright though! Glad to hear Eichorst already say Miles is back next year! I expect NCAAs next season!
  48. 3 points
    nustudent

    Penn State vs Nebraska Game Thread

    I'll stick to the child molestation cover up
  49. 3 points
    AuroranHusker

    UNO

    I am a MavSker. Proud of it!!!!!!!
  50. 3 points
    redsteve

    WBB: Game #28 vs Michigan State

    Hope we kick their butt's next year.