How can you give Nebraska anything but an "A" for it's defense in this contest when you consider that it was down 16 points at the break, and somehow ended up winning the game while only scoring 64.
That tells you NU's defense was AMAZING in the second half (holding the Hawkeyes to 28%) and for the game, only 37%.
Nebraska was also able to as mentioned above, do this with virtually five players and somehow, nobody was ever in foul trouble. In fact, Talley was the only Husker with three muggings and Iowa shot only ONE more free throw than Nebraska.
The 'Skers were dynamite today on the defensive end.
The Huskers were only out boarded by four (38 to 34) and held Iowa to virtually no second half second chances.
I thought Brandon Ubel was especially effective today on the glass (and also hit some key shots). He finished with a team leading eight rebounds, including a huge one down the stretch.
Aaron White was a one man wrecking crew for the Hawkeyes, grabbing THIRTEEN boards!
BALL HANDLING: B
The Huskers were at an "F" level in the first half, including some mind blowingly bad turnovers by Jordan Tyrance and Benny Parker, which ended both of those players' days.
In the second half, NU was near flawless, outside of the aforementioned poor fast breaks run by Talley.
For the game, 10 turnovers (you can definitely take that) and 7 assists (would like to see that higher).
For as much as I've harped on Talley's bad fast breaks in this report card, it should also be fairly noted that he IS NOT a point guard. Not really even a two, either. More of a three. So he is playing out of position to help the team. That should be remembered.
GREAT win for Nebraska, and I think four Big 10 wins has met or exceeded every single realistic person on this websites expectations for this season.
Still, at home, with a week off, against a team that is not that much more talented than you, how do you get down 19 points in the first half? How do you have horrible defense on out of bounds plays and turn the ball over left and right?
Is that Tim Miles' fault? Maybe a little. Probably not really.
But if I'm going to anoit him the savior most games and mention my man crush and give him all the props in the world, I have to also point out some shortcomings. And coming out and laying an egg at home this year, on MANY occasions, is not a good look.
Nice in game adjustments by Miles - letting the starting five play the last 26 minutes by using timeouts at appropriate points. Sacrificing the Wisconsin game (essentially by playing all these minutes on the starters) to get the win at home in one of your last winnable games of the year - smart. (*** NOTE *** I know the starters playing an extra 8-9 minutes more than you'd like doesn't automatically mean we'll lose to Wisconsin. But it was clear how much Coach wanted this game).
OVERALL GRADE: B+
Nebraska played well, overall, but as we've so often seen this year, were a true "tale of both halves" basketball team.
Luckily today, things worked out in NU's favor, in most likely the last win of the 2012-2013 season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: DYLAN TALLEY
2012-2013 PLAYER OF THE GAME RESULTS:
RAY GALLEGOS - 9
DYLAN TALLEY - 8
BRANDON UBEL - 5
SHAVON SHIELDS - 4
DAVID RIVERS - 3
JORDAN TYRANCE - 1