Sure, Nebraska allowed 30 points to D.J. Richardson and sure, Illinois cracked 70.
However, had NU rebounded worth a squat, they hold the Illini at 60 or less and a respectable 45% from the field. The Huskers also forced a decent amount of turnovers (14) but in the end, when you allow shot after shot after shot, and you have three zebras on your side, it makes it tough.
All in all, though, I thought Nebraska was average tonight defensively.
Tim Miles said on his post game that in all of his years of coaching, no matter the level, he was never more disappointed and embarassed by one aspect of the game as he was tonight, with NU's rebounding in the first half.
As a matter of fact, Illinois had 10 of its 14 offensive rebounds at halftime, en route to out boarding NU by twelve (40 to 28).
BALL HANDLING: D+
14 turnovers and 5 assists aint gonna get it done!
While Talley is our Player of the Game, he led the team with four turnovers, including a couple of awful ones that seniors can't make.
Ray Gallegos also had one of the worst turnovers you'll ever see on a side armed bounced pass to Jordan Tyrance near the timeline, that was vertical in fashion in the closing minutes of the first half. Tyrance had to dive for it and it went out of bounds. No idea what kind of pass that was.
Nebraska continues to start games in a sleep walking fashion, which is bothersome.
Is that Miles' fault? Maybe partially, but probably moreso, its just fatigue and other teams coming out with more swagger because of talent and experience.
Still, it's not much of an excuse at the beginning of games/halves, because that's the point of the contest where NU should have the most energy. But maybe we prefer to be Justin Verlander, saving up our stuff for later in the game, so we can still hit 99 in the 8th and 9th innings????
Miles does a nice job of fighting for his team and staying intense. It did seem as though he was like a fan tonight, though, almost looking sad, let down and depressed in the second half. Not saying I blame him, but it almost felt like he lost some of the insane intensity and confidence he had in the first half, when he was over there coaching Gallegos how to play defense, moving his feet, looking like he was ready to come in the game himself! You wonder if that transferred over to the team as well.
Again, not saying I blame him nor is it realistic to expect that for 40 minutes, just making an observation.
OVERALL GRADE: C-
Nebraska played slightly below average tonight and faced a borderline Top 25 team that was at the top of its game. No shame in losing this one, though it would have been nice to see a better basketball game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: DYLAN TALLEY
RAY GALLEGOS - 8
DYLAN TALLEY - 4
BRANDON UBEL - 3
SHAVON SHIELDS - 3
DAVID RIVERS - 2
JORDAN TYRANCE - 1