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  1. 17 points

    (OT) Defense

    Dr. Noah Weiss. It's got a nice ring to it. (I passed my thesis defense today!)
  2. 15 points
    My 3rd child was born this afternoon in time to watch his first husker hoops game, and boy it was a good one. They kept taking punches and hitting back. This has been a fun team to watch. I'm willing to make sure the new kiddo is up for all the rest of the games if that's what it takes
  3. 11 points
    If I were to design the perfect conference schedule for a B1G bubble team to go dancing, it would be the following combination: 1. Play the best teams in conference only once, and play them at home. You're probably not going to beat the elites twice in the same year, so don't play them twice. Maximize your chance at pulling the upset by playing the game in front of your own fans. 2. Play the worst teams only once, and play them on the road. It's not like beating them twice will help your resume or RPI. And if you're a tourney caliber team, you should beat the 1-17 and 2-16 B1G doormats anywhere. No sense in wasting home games on them. 3. Play the other middle of the road/bubble teams both at home and on the road. That means more opportunities to prove yourself against other potential tourney teams; also, these teams are still very beatable. So of your 13 conference opponents, you will play 5 in a home-and-home, 4 only on the road, and 4 only at home. Using the current KenPom rankings and the principles listed above, an ideal conference schedule is not that much different from our actual remaining conference schedule this year-- Ideal: play the top 4 teams (Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, & Michigan) once each at home Reality: Play top 2 teams (Wisc & Pur) once at home. Already beat Indiana on the road. Have to play Michigan twice, but the home game could be No Sit Sunday Part II as it's the regular season finale; they also don't look as good as their rating indicates. Ideal: Play 5 middle-of-the-pack teams (OSU, Northwestern, Minny, Sparty, Maryland) twice Reality: Play 3 twice (OSU/N'western/MSU). Already beat Terps on the road. Have to play Gophers on the road with no return trip to Lincoln, which is probably the worst remaining break on our schedule. Ideal: Play bottom 4 teams (Illinois, Iowa, PSU, Rutgers) once on the road. Reality: Play 3 out of 4 only once, with a home-and-home against Iowa. We also don't waste a home game on the ultimate cellar dweller, as the Rutgers match-up will be in Jersey. So for all the talk about how the schedulers "did us no favors," I believe they actually did. We got two of our toughest road games during Christmas break while the students were away, and the final 16 conference games lineup favorably for a run. Obviously it's an uphill battle and the boys still have to execute, but at least we have a schedule that gives us a chance.
  4. 10 points
    He's a wreck. (pun completely intended)
  5. 10 points
    I would prefer 2 Morrows.
  6. 9 points

    Bright side

    It is unfortunate that we cannot get two role players to step up during the same game. -NW: Benny Parker has a career high -Indiana: Jack McVeigh ties career high -Iowa: Tai Webster has a career high If we could have coupled two of those performances we would definitely have a win right now and it would make things a lot easier for Shields. I am a new poster, and my quick take on the season so far is that we are a young, inexperienced, and small team playing in the best bball conference in the nation. That is not the best recipe for success. Coming into the season I thought Shavon Shields would be our Batman and White would be our Robin. But it turns out we are stuck with two Robins. Shavon Shields' game is too easy to stop with our current roster; just plug the gaps and push him towards his left. That being said, I am pleased with the season so far. I can only dream of how good this season could have been if Petteway and Pitchford returned (a MOTIVATED Pitchford). We are seeing the freshmen's potential and next year they will all be faster, stronger, and more consistent. I am already intrigued by all the position battles for next year. 1. Watson: I think he will have that locked down. I do not see Bakari Evelyn having much of a shot 2. Webster/ Gill: I think Gill will get the nod. 3. White: He will have this locked down, but Roby and McVeigh will be interesting back up options 4. Morrow/McVeigh/Roby: the most interesting spot for next year is the 4 spot imo. 5. Jacobsen/Hammond/Incoming recruit: Hammond is the only true center on the roster. If he can gain 15 more pounds I really like him, but Jacobsen is a good option too especially if he grows more like the coaching staff thinks he will. Lastly, I would just like to say that I truly do believe that Miles will be the coach that wins us our first NCAA tourney game.
  7. 8 points
    A lot of the subbing out for defense hasn't been about avoiding mismatches, or if someone generally is an average defender. It has mainly been due to very specific, glaring mistakes. Often on plays that had been practiced against, and the mistake showed the light bulb going on. It's easy for fans to say "well just focus more on offense", but for a coach it's a little bit tougher. When a guy keeps making mental errors it shows he's not ready. And playing time can be the only way to get players' attention. All coaches would agree you have to let guys play through mistakes and you can't pull them after every one, but if a guy keeps making the same mistakes, it's hard to keep him on the floor.
  8. 8 points

    Who will transfer

    I have enjoyed this board that last several years, but honestly have become very troubled by a lot of the discussions on here. The women's team is in a tough spot right now, and its not going to get any easier anytime soon. But for so many uniformed adults to come out of the wood work and take pot shots at coaches, and kids, who most have never met is troubling. Some kids might transfer, and if the do hopefully it is based on a well thought out decision between the kid, their parents, and the coaches. Not because some old guy who has never met them is convinced they can't play. The reality is a "perfect (crap) storm" caused by a whole bunch of people - coaches, administrators, support staff, media, parents, etc.-- got the situation to where it is today. Maybe some of the current and former players have some culpability in that, maybe they don't, but in my opinion to take pot shots at kids who people have never met is unfortunate. For adults to hope kids are asked to uproot their lives and educations and not return is equally unfortunate. Might it improve the team quicker, sure. One need look no farther than Colorado State for the burn and start over approach. They were awful Ryan Williams first year and he asked most of the team including starters to not come back. They replaced them with about 8 foreigners the next year and improved dramatically. The guy can flat coach, and can obviously win, but i will never root for them because of how that situation was handled. The ncaa changed the rules two years ago i think and scholarships are no longer one year renewables so that approach is harder to pull off than it was before. However, a coach can still tell a kid listen you aren't going to get in and some might leave when told that. I understand healthy debate, and loving a person's favorite team, and wanting to win. I also understand monday morning quarterbacking games, plays, etc. But i will never understanding taking pot shots at 18-22 year old ladies who most making the comments know nothing about. Turning this board into the Lord of the Flies won't help us win even one more game. GBR
  9. 8 points

    First Coach's Show

    First show of the year from Buffalo Wings and Rings. I was driving and couldn't take notes, and my memory isn't what it used to be, so I will miss a bunch. Miles is such a story teller. Stories are good, but they do limit the actual basketball talk. First story was Beckner's fender bender with Miles riding shotgun. Just abused Beckner. Then the Gabrielle Union story in the airport. Told a good story about Dwayne Wade asking the team how many rings he had. Many of them knew he had 3. Then he asked if he ever led the league in scoring. No one knew for sure. Point being, nothing matters other than winning, and team is more important than any individual honors. Team goal is to find a way to scratch and claw to the NCAA tournament. We owe that to the seniors every year. He wouldn't like to play for a guy who said "Let's go guys, let's get to .500". The approach is to schedule enough to get a resume, and develop the tough-mindedness that it takes, and play defense and rebound and play the way we want to get there. Said that rebounding and interior defense were his biggest concerns with this team. Likes his perimeter defense with Benny, Tai, Shavon and White (Said some days White play good enough D, some days he doesn't). Said Tai is strong and defends well and will see lots of minutes (glad we didn't run him off like some wanted). Didn't say much about Morrow (called him "Murrow", like Edward R., Murrow) and nothing about Watson. Really was glowing about Shavon. Said some scouts have been in to watch him practice. Said he has lost 10-15 pounds and is more mobile. Expects him to have a great year. I mean, he really pumped up Shavon. You would have thought 49r took over the mike. Said Benny was shooting it well in practice, made it sound like he is more of a true point guard than in the past, playing the best ball of his career. Said McVeigh is not the quickest guy (usually translated as "he is slow"), but is a smart player and he buys into everything about being a Husker. Expects him to be a good player with improvements in strength and agility over time. Could tell Miles likes him and thinks he's a coach-able guy. Didn't say anything about Jacobson's injury other than the obvious "he has been dealing with a foot problem". Only thing about Hammond was "he's going to have to make some plays"; I think he was talking about interior defense. Said we would be small all year, and recited his year where they finished 4th at CSU with the tallest guy being 6'6". New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State were no slouches to finish behind. But said the difference was in that league you could recover against the lower division teams. Not in this league' no easy wins. Mentioned the Top 15 classes from Penn State Minny, and someone else. Said they would go down some as teams get late signings and move ahead of them, but the recruiters are beasts in this league. Said the star system is getting better and more reliable in evaluation recruits, as there is more opportunity to evaluate the talent against better competition. Greg asked him if coaching in the league has been even more fun than he expected, and Coach turned it straight to coaching at Nebraska has been better than he could have ever expected. Loves the fan support and resources he has. Only regret is not having an abundance of playmakers residing here. Said a coach can develop guys, but when times are tough in a game you need studs who can make plays. Finally, he talked about Terran getting signed by the Pacers and then released, so he could sign with Ft. Wayne of the developmental league. Thought that was clearly the best move for Terran. Says the general managers he has talked to like Terran and think he will eventually make a roster. Thinks he could get a couple of 10 day call ups this year. Probably missed some things but this will have to do.
  10. 8 points
    I talked to the guy who runs the B12 site. He said he'd be willing to put up a B10 version. I'll let you know when he does.