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Coach Miles Radio Hour - Nov 18

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Greg Sharp is hosting at Carlos O'Kelly's in North Lincoln ... but Coach Miles went to the Carlos O'Kelly's in South Lincoln, so he's driving in Lincoln & is on the phone.  He's pretty embarrassed I think  :P  Says he's only run two red lights to try to get to North Lincoln as fast as he can


  • Biggs & Ray both did a nice job in their opening games
  • Played small to run motion vs SCSt zone defense
  • Early in the year always worried about playing against a zone because don't see it in practice much early
  • Biggs can really get to the rim
  • So can Webster & both get fouled at a high rate
  • Ultimately we were able to get Ray open 3s, which are a high percentage shot for him

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Under new rules:


  • Shavon, BIggs & Tai will really benefit from new rules to get to FT line
  • Surprised Petteway hasn't gotten to the FT line more




  • Made some adjustments in the 2nd half to better deal with zone
  • Started the game 19 possessions, only gave up 10 pts
  • Next 14 possessions, gave up 21 pts, poor defense to close 1st half
  • With Smith, Biggs, joining other starters early in 2nd half, the defensive play picked up & led to transition pts

Five scorers in double figures:


  • More versatility, more balance always helps
  • Need to put together the right rotations, because you can't have 5 scorers on the floor at the same time
  • Need guys to do the dirty work with a few scorers
  • Need defined roles & make sure everyone understands to play for each other

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Outrebounded by SCSt?


  • Surprised we were outrebounded, done a pretty good job before this game
  • Situations where we just didn't come up with the ball
  • Ability to come up with loose balls can decide the game, 50/50 balls, must do better
  • That's why we were outrebounded, need to emphasize it more mentally & in practice

Great field in Charleston, how will team respond on road?


  • Excited for tourney - great competition
  • You want this
  • UMass picked to go to NCAAs, New Mex nationally ranked, UAB picked high in its league
  • We're the only ones there picked dead last
  • We have to prove we belong
  • Then on last day, Georgia, Clemson, Davidson, Temple, all good programs, well coached
  • Should be a lot of fun, hope to have plenty of NU fans here
  • I love in season tourneys, had success in the past
  • Very helpful for team to have to come back one day later & make quick adjustments
  • Some teams handle it well, some don't - I've had both types
  • Curious to see how we come out 
  • Never know how you'll respond until you're smacked in the mouth

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Now he has walked in


Miles: I ran the whole way, only 17 miles  ;)


Thinking it was great, just 2 minutes from my house, oh well


Sharp: In light of this, crowd just wants to make sure you know which Carolina you're going to this weekend, North or South?  :D

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  • Been a whirlwind since March 2012
  • Great enthusiasm from fans
  • Great to do this show live out with the fans - very cool to have the energy
  • Hopefully we'll have some interesting things to listen to


SCSt Crowd?


  • Great to have that large of a crowd on a Sunday
  • SCSt played very well
  • We've got some issues to work through, but we didn't make as many defensive errors vs SCSt as we did vs WIU
  • Not great to throw ball away 7 seconds in
  • Like some flair in my guards, some daring - exciting to have guys who can get into the lane


Phone: UMass looks tough - how will our defense hold up? How is Biggs' defense, I've watched him since 8th grader


  • I don't have to answer, you know how he does on defense
  • UMass, I just hope Dr. J doesn't suit up, that wouldn't be good
  • Wing player was on play of the day with huge dunk
  • Very athletic, very impressive
  • Good thing about this tournament, see a lot of different things
  • I think we're allowing 0.85 pts per possession, which is solid
  • Of course vs our competition so far, we should be about there
  • Struggles are always the same, guarding the ball, screen & roll defense
  • Need to block out & rebound better, didn't do that well vs SCSt
  • Pitchford doesn't give us a lot of physical presence on defense, Smith does
  • We need to do better with doubling & help


Tai's FT %?


  • FT shooting gets in your head
  • Tai is in Top 15 of the country right now in FTs attempted
  • We'll get him squared away - or threaten him

Sharp: Tai's adjustment to U.S./college basketball?


  • Doing well
  • Picking things up
  • We run a set, called elbow, one of the guys said it was Princeton, Tai asked "Who's Princeton"
  • Just have to acclimate him to everything
  • Takes some things very literally - have to re-explain some things
  • Great learning curve for him
  • As his shooting becomes more comfortable, he'll settle in
  • Need a distributor, too, so he needs to blend

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Phone: Amount of time in practice facility vs arena?


  • Call came from Hastings, was worried it was Coach Osborne
  • Still calls me on occasion
  • He called me one time at 5 am, I was asleep - I called him back, left message, didn't want to accuse him of butt-dialing me, asked if it was a mis-dial, didn't want to use the term "butt-dial" - TO called him back, didn't want to admit he had misdialed, said he had been told Miles didn't sleep, so just wanted to check in, see if it was true
  • Love practicing in practice facility, but we do need to work with arena's shooting background
  • Need to practice more FT shooting at arena - tough to get done with just 2 baskets in there and 15 players
  • Try to schedule certain times to go in & shoot FTs, still working out schedule
  • Great practice facility, but we need time in the arena

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Sharp: Recruiting - Hammond?


  • Top 150 player
  • 6-9, 6-10, don't know how tall they are once they get that much taller than me
  • Neat kid from Okla
  • Plays a very physical game
  • Good shooting touch 15-17 feet
  • Good frame, wingspan more than his height
  • Will develop into a good Big Ten player
  • We're in a holding pattern for last scholarship for incoming 2014 class
  • Make a better decision in the spring about exactly what we need
  • You get 12 official visits, used 4 or 5, so we're in good shape
  • Nice to bring players in while we're playing games, just hard because they're playing games too
  • We get more football recruits at our bball games than bball recruits
  • Can bring out jrs after the 1st of the year, but that counts against 12

Pitchford & Petteway?


  • Both can be very productive
  • Petteway is a perfectionist, may be trying to hard
  • Very smart about learning game plans, knowing opponent tendencies
  • Once he makes more shots, will relax & numbers will get better
  • Pitchford is tough matchup with his ability from 3
  • Even when he gives up a basket on one end, can score 3 on other end, so we're still up 1
  • WIU coach gave Miles some good advice after game
  • WIU said big lineup was very tough to go against, but we don't have a lot of size off the bench then
  • Maybe our best lineup is to go big


Big Ten fast start? 34-3?


  • Good league
  • We knew it would be like this, we wanted this
  • Move to Big Ten is very beneficial to NU bball
  • The depth of league is only rivaled by ACC


Helps RPI? Same thing occurred a year ago?


  • NU was only team last year under .500 in RPI top 100
  • But RPI is only good when you win
  • That's why this week is so important


Balancing Charleston trip with business & fun?


  • Going early to do sight-seeing
  • Practicing early in day, so can go out and have fun
  • Then come back and get ready
  • Get the hype out of the way early
  • Played in DisneyWorld tourney in the past
  • Idea is get them out, get them in the theme park, get it out of their heads & then focus on business

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Great to be 3-0?

  • I like hearing that we're undefeated, so I say it all summer

Call from Panhandle: When will Peltz get to shoot more?


  • I've tried to tell him to do that, but he won't shoot more ... or cut his hair
  • Had a long meeting with him today about his role in rotation
  • He's right on the fringe of the rotation now, which is tough to handle
  • He wants what's best for the team
  • Great kid, wins every sprint
  • Would wreak havoc on football special teams


Call from Panhandle: NCAA Tourney win will come when? 


  • I won't make a prediction on when it'll happen
  • But i want one this year and next year and etc

Sharp: Maybe Alliance could produce a male version of Hooper?


  • I tried trading for Hooper, but Connie punched me in the shoulder, wouldn't hear of it
  • She's tougher than me




  • They have great length and athleticism
  • lots of balance, rebounds well, turns you over, Williams gets to hoop, many ways they can get you
  • Look on tape, they look intimidating, but the more you look the more holes you see
  • But really don't know if you can exploit them until you get on the floor with them
  • Hopefully I'm not such a slow learner that we can't make adjustments fast enough Thursday
  • They played tough teams out of the box, we'll play our big name schools later in non-con
  • We all want the resume that looks attractive
  • UMass will be a really good opponent
  • We'll be an underdog, those are the most fun games to win
  • Going home to pack right now

That's it for tonight

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