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    Coach Miles Radio Hour - Nov 25

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      Live blogging the radio broadcast in case you missed it

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    Sorry turned it on a little late - missed the first few minutes - here's what he has to say so far:

    • Tough to play so many games, feels like you are always game-planning
    • But good to have Saturday off so we could adjust
    • We want to score more than a point a possession on average
    • Were struggling with running motion offense
    • But we decided to stick with it & work through problems
    • Went with a big lineup late in the game against Georgia and it made the zone work better
    • Bring forwards way up, looks almost like a 2-2-1
    • Used it very little vs UMass & UAB, but it worked very well vs Georgia

    9-man rotation, maybe 10 with Hawkins, but 5-6 are new to the team?

    • All trying to figure out their roles
    • Not a clearly defined team yet
    • We have a lot of guys who want the ball, but we need some quarterbacks who will deliver the ball & find some people to "block" for the others
    • Will take time to get that figured out

    Gallegos injury?

    • Sprained knee
    • Wasn't 100%
    • Made some critical shots vs Georgia in first half
    • 7-for-12 on 3s in tourney
    • We needed his outside shooting
    • Teams will try to zone us as we attack the rim, so need his outside shooting

    What did you learn at the tourney?

    • We got a lot out of it
    • Temple got better every game, thought UAB would win that game
    • UMass won it all, our side of bracket was really tough
    • We got better
    • Hoping we'd go 2-1, but could have been worse
    • We can live with 1-2, but need good things to happen next few weeks

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    1st segment:

     

    With long season, you feel like you spend all season game planning and not getting better.

     

    Greg asks if they ran more motion against Georgia:

     

    We need to score more than 1 pt/possession on average.

    We were doing better in sets than in motion in games/practices/etc.

    So we went with more sets but ...

    That made us more of a collection of individuals.

    So, yes, against Georgia we ran more motion.

     

    4 returning starters but a bunch of new guys:

     

    Yeah, Terry Pettit is a friend and was talking with him about how in volleyball you have a libero, etc., who all have their roles.  With all the new guys we're having to feel out roles.

     

    Ray Gallegos is hurt.  Knee ligament?

     

    Temple got better with every game at the tournament

     

    We thought we would leave the tournament 5-1 at best, 4-2 at worst.  Well, we came out with worst.

     

    Tacos on special at Carlos O'Kelly's tonight.

     

    Went from (joking) worst in the country in assists to 3rd worst.  We play an iso style so not a lot of assists but we do have to get better.  

     

    Petteway was a monster during the tournament and played well during the tournament.  28 pts in 29 minutes.

     

    Defense, we're not doing a good job of protecting the rim.  Have to get better at defense.

     

    Thinks the way they're calling charging now is wrong.  Taking away the charge is bad for basketball.   "I don't think the commissioner is listening to me."

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    10 assists Sunday?

     

    • It was better
    • Missed some layups or would've had a few more
    • We're getting better at passing the ball in motion offense
    • I like having an isolation offense
    • We take the ball to the rim hard so not surprised that we're a low assist team
    • As long as we are also a low turnover team, I'm OK with low assists numbers
    • Just need to take good shots
    • 1.5 to 1 in assists to turnovers is about average

     

    Petteway?

     

    • Really on the attack
    • Could have been even better numbers if he stayed out of foul trouble
    • 29 min with 28 points vs UMass, would rather have had him out there 34-35 min

     

    Defense?

     

    • We will have trouble protecting the rim
    • We're fouling too much, out of position
    • Need to get into spots better
    • Important that we rethink how we're taking charges
    • Think we took 2 charges the entire weekend
    • I don't like that rule change
    • Understand keeping hands off the guards
    • By taking away charges, they're now are allowing a guard to initiate the contact and draw fouls - bad for basketball
    • I don't think they're listening to me
    • I did e-mail director of officiating, need to change foul numbers, 6 for DQ, more fouls to reach bonus, etc, but he said players will adjust

     

    Different crews, different results?

     

    • It's hard for the refs too
    • They're trying, they'll make mistakes, they're human
    • Unfortunately we made far more mistakes than the refs

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    Sorry Norm - didn't see your thread - if I don't focus on keeping the fat fingers on the keyboard, I'm in trouble  ;)

    You got there ahead of me but I didn't see a thread starter when the show started and I didn't want it to be missed.  But I'll turn it back over to your more-than-capable hands/fingers.

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    Coach Miles found his way to the correct Carlos O'Kelly's this week  ;)

     

    Don't play again till saturday?

     

    • We need to practice
    • You find a lot of deficiencies when you play 3 times in four days
    • Need better defensive rebounding
    • Need better defense vs screen and roll
    • Need to share ball better on offense, get better quality shots
    • Good week to get a lot of that work done
    • One more day of classes, then time off so that will help us
    • We had to have 3 study halls in Charleston to help the guys keep up with classes
    • Practice in morning Wed & Thur, we'll provide a meal for the guys who are staying on Thanksgiving

     

    Academic support?

     

    • Other places i've been very little or no help
    • At NU it's the full service of academic support
    • It's like when you go to a great resort when traveling, everything is taken care off from the smallest item to the largest
    • That's how our academic, nutrition, strength support people work
    • Hopefully the coaching can match it  ;)
    • Great support from administration all the way through fans
    • I have a good track record with academics, CSU had one of the 10 worst APRs when our staff arrived, moved us into the top 15%
    • I want players who want to work at academics
    • Those kinds of kids work well in groups, which we need in basketball

     

    How was Charleston as a trip?

     

    • Charming city, very unique with shopping, dining, entertainment
    • Fort Sumter is there, plenty of historical landmarks
    • Had dinner on Yorktown, went through museum, very interesting, showed how Yorktown fought off Japanese air fighters in WWII
    • Almost tough for kids to fathom
    • Didn't get to do enough probably, but the hospitality is great
    • ESPN runs a first class event
    • Had 150-200 NU fans there, made a lot of noise
    • My uncle came from Virginia, he was there for UAB, almost didn't invite him back, but he was there for Georgia win so he's off the hook

     

    Trips upcoming?

     

    • Going to Europe or Australia in off season, not sure yet
    • Love playing in these tournaments, at Hawaii next year
    • This week there are tourneys in Orlando, Maui, etc, they're all really great

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    Shields' numbers down?

     

    • He was getting upset with officiating i think
    • Just struggled in early part of tourney
    • Very good numbers vs Georgia in all aspects of the game
    • Stuck with it Sunday, didn't get his first basket until late, didn't let lack of scoring bother him, hit big shots for us  late
    • He's almost too good about letting the game come to him, not selfish enough, probably need to run more stuff for him

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    what will team do at thanksgiving?

     

    • Not everyone is staying after practice
    • Just spent 6 days together, eating every meal together
    • so for our guys, sometimes it's good to get away from each other a bit
    • we always practice on Thanksgiving
    • There I always ask guys what they're thankful for
    • Usually pretty good answers

     

    Locker room - do guys hang out there?

     

    • They do hang out in lounge
    • Great place for that, user friendly
    • Plenty of huge TVs, 
    • We provide the game box, they have to bring their own games
    • My son likes hanging out in there

     

    Big Ten? Michigan lost?

     

    • Surprising about Michigan
    • Mich St beat Kentucky
    • Everyone has growing pains
    • Minnesota looked great today, very good guards, Eliason very good, hard working guys who find a way to get to the ball
    • Illinois great rebounding team
    • Ohio St leading Wyo right now - one of the best teams in the league
    • Mich & MIch st will be great too
    • Indiana very athletic, really getting on the glass despite loss to UConn, moving very fast, up tempo team
    • Iowa plays very fast
    • We have more up tempo teams right now in league
    • We have a lot of work to do on the defensive glass

    Hawkins?

     

    • He will practice finally
    • We'll hopefully see him in uniform .... (didn't really make it clear whether he would play vs NIU)
    • N Illinois and UNO played one possession game & UNO has played very well
    • We're not overlooking anyone, expecting tough game vs NIU
    • Miami & Creighton will be very tough

     

    Webster?

     

    • had best game on Sunday
    • Looked good vs FGCU
    • Took over game late vs Georgia & we needed it
    • He looked like the guy we thought he could be
    • Still a true freshman, adjusting
    • Lee B wrote about him Sunday, really explained it
    • Just difficult to acclimate, living here, etc
    • Going to be a very good guard for us,no doubt

     

    Princeton offense? Everyone runs a little bit of that?

     

    • We do
    • Spacing makes it difficult to guard
    • With good skill players, it can be run well

     

    Ubel doing well in Europe?

     

    • Player of week in Belgium league
    • Talley is playing in Germany
    • A few other former Huskers playing professionally
    • Hopefully get a few in NBA soon
    • Ubel sent me a great text, meaningful to hear from him
    • I asked Ubel to redshirt last year, just thought we had a good class of redshirts already & he would have really helped us this year with a big body
    • He just was ready to graduate - had a professional mindset
    • he wants to be a broadcaster

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    ACC-Big 10 Challenge? Last year at Wake?

     

    • That was fun, my teams are 2-0 in Winston Salem - ND St beat Winston Salem State
    • Looking forward to playing Miami, know their coaches well
    • Should be fun
    • Then heading into showdown with Creighton

     

    Miami? 

     

    • They have a lot of athletes
    • Plenty of seniors last year, really good
    • There will be a period of adjustment for new coach
    • New players understand what it requires to win at a high level
    • They've been part of blowing out Duke at Duke, they won't be afraid of coming in here
    • Delaney wants all of us Big Ten teams to beat these ACC teams

     

    Adjusting to trailing?

     

    • wondered what would happen
    • We fought back well vs UMass, had a couple of chances late to tie or get to within 1, fought back well, just didn't get over top
    • vs UAB we got smacked down the stretch and we didn't respond
    • Happy that we responded well vs Georgia when they made a run at us

    That's it

     

    Interesting that he said he asked Ubel to redshirt last year, hadn't heard that one before

     

    Also nice to see them taking a foreign trip this summer, that will greatly benefit such a young team entering its second year of playing together

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    I think Sharpe does a good job with keeping the questions coming and Miles is never lacking for words, so I didn't really miss the callers.  Having said that, you would have thought there would have been at least one call.

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    Wouldn't that have been cool for us this year if Ubel had redshirted?  Or if we'd kept Fahro?  (Sorry, old wound  ;)  )

     

    And what he said about Tai being a true freshman, the way I took it, was more of a "can you believe this kid is just a true freshman?" than it was a "he's just a true freshman so he still has a ways to go" kind of thing.

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    Went and ate dinner and watched the radio show.  It was very entertaining.  Coach is extremely entertaining and can work a crowd.  For me the biggest shock of the night was the comment about wanting Ubel to redshirt last year...right away it had me thinking about how we'd look as a team this year! 

     

    Outside of coach's humor, the funniest part of the night was that one of the raffle ticket winners was none other than Taylor Martinez. He was there enjoying himself some dinner and ended up winning some b-ball tickets which he kindly gave away.   

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    Shields' numbers down?

     

    • He was getting upset with officiating i think
    • Just struggled in early part of tourney
    • Very good numbers vs Georgia in all aspects of the game
    • Stuck with it Sunday, didn't get his first basket until late, didn't let lack of scoring bother him, hit big shots for us  late
    • He's almost too good about letting the game come to him, not selfish enough, probably need to run more stuff for him

     

    THAT is a BRILLIANT way to criticize refs without getting in trouble yourself!!!

     

    It wasn't ME getting upset with the officials, but my PLAYERS probably were struggling because they were upset with the officiating.

     

    And then he should go on and say, y'know, when you're playing, it might seem like all the bad calls go against you.  Like that charge on Deverell Biggs that they hadn't called all night long.

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    Went and ate dinner and watched the radio show.  It was very entertaining.  Coach is extremely entertaining and can work a crowd.  For me the biggest shock of the night was the comment about wanting Ubel to redshirt last year...right away it had me thinking about how we'd look as a team this year! 

     

    Outside of coach's humor, the funniest part of the night was that one of the raffle ticket winners was none other than Taylor Martinez. He was there enjoying himself some dinner and ended up winning some b-ball tickets which he kindly gave away.

    Thanks for sharing. Taylor is a great representative for the Huskers!

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    Wouldn't that have been cool for us this year if Ubel had redshirted?  Or if we'd kept Fahro?  (Sorry, old wound   ;)  )

     

    And what he said about Tai being a true freshman, the way I took it, was more of a "can you believe this kid is just a true freshman?" than it was a "he's just a true freshman so he still has a ways to go" kind of thing.

    Thinking back, you're probably right on how he meant his comment about Tai, that would've made more sense than what I came up with

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    Went and ate dinner and watched the radio show.  It was very entertaining.  Coach is extremely entertaining and can work a crowd.  For me the biggest shock of the night was the comment about wanting Ubel to redshirt last year...right away it had me thinking about how we'd look as a team this year! 

     

    Outside of coach's humor, the funniest part of the night was that one of the raffle ticket winners was none other than Taylor Martinez. He was there enjoying himself some dinner and ended up winning some b-ball tickets which he kindly gave away.   

    That's gotta be some sort of NCAA violation right there, folks.  Was given extra tickets?  Gave them away?  The NCAA will probably suspend Taylor for the rest of the season.  :rolleyes:

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    Wouldn't that have been cool for us this year if Ubel had redshirted?  Or if we'd kept Fahro?  (Sorry, old wound   ;)  )

     

    And what he said about Tai being a true freshman, the way I took it, was more of a "can you believe this kid is just a true freshman?" than it was a "he's just a true freshman so he still has a ways to go" kind of thing.

    Sounds like more proof of the whole Miles tanks his first season or two to make himself look better later.

     

    I'm sorry but thats pretty selfish of a coach to ask a guy to redshirt and hold off his future career just because YOUR team might be a little better the next year.

     

     

    Miles wants to turn this program around.  If that is something he saw that could of and would of turned this program around then so be it.  Of course every coach wants to win, and of course every coach wants to be better.  There is, as others have said, no hurt in asking.  This is not the Tim Miles show as you have tried to point out.  He wants to win, and if that means losing out on your first season here then so be it.

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    Shields' numbers down?

    • He was getting upset with officiating i think
    • Just struggled in early part of tourney
    • Very good numbers vs Georgia in all aspects of the game
    • Stuck with it Sunday, didn't get his first basket until late, didn't let lack of scoring bother him, hit big shots for us late
    • He's almost too good about letting the game come to him, not selfish enough, probably need to run more stuff for him
    THAT is a BRILLIANT way to criticize refs without getting in trouble yourself!!!

    It wasn't ME getting upset with the officials, but my PLAYERS probably were struggling because they were upset with the officiating.

    And then he should go on and say, y'know, when you're playing, it might seem like all the bad calls go against you. Like that charge on Deverell Biggs that they hadn't called all night long.

    I used to shout to my players, "Calm down. I don't care how bad of a call you think that was there's nothing you can do about so focus on the things you can control." I got some looks from officials but there was really nothing they could do. T me up for telling my player not to complain to the official?

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