As Coach Miles tweeted at halftime, "this is the worst defensive performance in a long time."
And he was right - NU was awful in the first half, allowing Purdue to get whatever shot it wanted.
Much like offensively, NU stepped it up in the second half, or at least the last 15 minutes of the game, thanks to a nice move to the 2-3 zone, which I thought was employed a bit late. I had actually been wondering if they'd use it at halftime.
However, it worked, and outside of NU not being able to check D.J. Byrd at the three point line, I was impressed with how the Huskers played defense in the second half.
The numbers aren't that bad, with NU and Purdue both grabbing 14 boards (though Purdue 11 more total rebounds because of NU misses).
This shocked me, because coming into this report card, I was sure I was going to give NU an "F" for their rebounding. Somehow, it seemed a lot worse than it actually was. Probably, that's because NU was down and trying to come back, and they'd get a defensive stop, only to give up points because of lack of rebounding.
Obviously, this is a byproduct of size, but again, it makes you wonder why Tyrance is essentially one of your 3/4's with Almeida only playing 19 minutes and our favorite freshman big man still hiding in witness protection.
BALL HANDLING: A+
Only two turnovers? I wonder the last time NU had only two turnovers for a game. Can anyone find out?
That went along with seven assists and NU did this with Benny Parker only playing 7 minutes the entire game, including ZERO in the second half.
Nebraska looked either uninterested, flat or tired in the first half. I'll say "flat" and "tired" more than uninterested.
They seemed to get a spark and more energy in the second, which I credit Miles and the crowd for helping with, but it concerns me the way they started.
Honestly though, I think its fatigue more than anything.
Also, as mentioned above, I thought the 2-3 zone was a GREAT call, but wish they would have tried it a bit earlier.
OVERALL GRADE: C
Nebraska played about how it should at home with six scholarship players against a team that's made six straight NCAA Tournaments and most likely, will make it seven.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: SHAVON SHIELDS & JORDAN TYRANCE
2012-2013 PLAYER OF THE GAME RESULTS:
RAY GALLEGOS - 8
DYLAN TALLEY - 3
BRANDON UBEL - 3
DAVID RIVERS - 2
SHAVON SHIELDS - 2
JORDAN TYRANCE - 1
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