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    uneblinstu’s postgame chatter: vol 11, ed 3 - Seton Hall


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    • #25 Huskers throttle Seton Hall 80 - 57

      Phantom foul and needless clock stoppage awaken the crowd and the Huskers 

       

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    That game went largely as I expected. This team is pretty good, folks. It’ll be even better when Roby isn’t starting in a production of Phantom of the Opera. 

     

    - Glynn is playing at an incredible level right now. He was unbelievable to start this game. 

    - I hope you/we/I appreciate this collection of talent on this team. It's not a perfect team and there are still things to work on but if this is our starting point, we could be in for an amazing year.

    - I loved, loved, loved how the team responded after the Phantom call on Roby. That could have buckled lesser teams. I've seen it take the legs out of NU teams in the past.

    - This team has a killer instinct. 

    - PBA was great tonight, especially in the second half when things got weird.

    - Heiman and Borchardt looked fairly effective tonight. Knew where to be, didn't back down. That's all we need from them.

    - I'm not sure I've ever seen a dunk by a Husker the likes of what I witnessed from Roby tonight. Goodness, gracious!

    - Why did we have a four minute delay to adjust the clock two seconds?

    - The officiating tonight was as brutal as I've ever seen. Just obnoxious.

    - The 3 point shooting probably won't be great this season, but I think it will be effective. They are so good at getting to the line, especially JPJ and our defense should be really good that they can afford to not be elite from deep.

    - Seton Hall had no answer for JPJ tonight. Je just took over the second half. It was a sight to behold.

    - I haven't looked at a box score yet, but I thought we rebounded pretty well.

    - I'm just so freaking excited about what we saw tonight. The ceiling for the team is super high. I can't wait to see what this team becomes.

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    2 minutes ago, jdw said:

    I would fill in the missing word for you but I got in trouble for cussing outside of the game thread.

    Glad they let us vent in the game thread.

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    Great to see a large margain if victory in a non-con. Anyone else concerned with amount of minutes jpj, Glynn, and cope played? Jpj and cope each had 39. Granted some of those were due to Roby foul trouble, but I would think that is not sustainable. 

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    Just now, LNKtrnsplnt said:

    Great to see a large margain if victory in a non-con. Anyone else concerned with amount of minutes jpj, Glynn, and cope played? Jpj and cope each had 39. Granted some of those were due to Roby foul trouble, but I would think that is not sustainable. 

     

    In this game with 5 days of rest coming I expected it.

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    Later in the game, there was a time out and Powell was going to the line, as he was approaching the line, he bumped Glynn and Glynn pushed him.  Glynn was not going to take that crap...the ref then stepped in.  In the first half #1 was knocked to the floor in front of our bench, he reached up for one of our players to pick him up.  Isaiah stepped over him, and nobody picked him up.  That my friends is old school and I love it.

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    1 minute ago, LNKtrnsplnt said:

    Great to see a large margain if victory in a non-con. Anyone else concerned with amount of minutes jpj, Glynn, and cope played? Jpj and cope each had 39. Granted some of those were due to Roby foul trouble, but I would think that is not sustainable. 

    I’m not we have five days rest after this. The schedule isn’t compressed this year 40 minutes every once in awhile is fine.

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    3 minutes ago, LNKtrnsplnt said:

    Great to see a large margain if victory in a non-con. Anyone else concerned with amount of minutes jpj, Glynn, and cope played? Jpj and cope each had 39. Granted some of those were due to Roby foul trouble, but I would think that is not sustainable. 

    No.   Most good teams play their core lots of minutes.   Worrying about playing guys minutes is a farce.   There have been a lot of Duke and Kansas teams that won 30+ games that only played 6-7 guys.

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    I just want to throw out there publically that Tanner gives us so much more than I thought he was capable of a couple of years a ago and Brady had done nothing to embarrass himself. He’s playing at a much higher level then I thought he could. What we are getting is two serviceable bigs and I think that’s all we will need from them. 

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    Pretty remarkable to manufacture a 20pt win with a B game.  

     

    Great defense and general intensity all night.  

     

    After three games, one word comes to mind:  focused.  

     

    Statement made.  

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    2 minutes ago, Dean Smith said:

    I just want to throw out there publically that Tanner gives us so much more than I thought he was capable of a couple of years a ago and Brady had done nothing to embarrass himself. He’s playing at a much higher level then I thought he could. What we are getting is two serviceable bigs and I think that’s all we will need from them. 

    Amen!  Miles commented on Brady in his post-game radio interview.  I believe he said that the only thing Brady is missing is upper body strength, and that despite that missing element, he will help our team.

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    Just now, Huskerpapa said:

    Amen!  Miles commented on Brady in his post-game radio interview.  I believe he said that the only thing Brady is missing is upper body strength, and that despite that missing element, he will help our team.

     

    That's  scary.  In a very fun way. 

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    Felt like that whole clown show ignited the crowd and the team.  We outscored them by 19 over the last 13 minutes.

    Taurean Thompson absolutely imploded tonight....part of the reason we were able to live with Roby in phantom foul trouble.

    Tanner and Brady had to step up tonight and they were up to it.

    It seemed like after Palmer had that FT bounce around to the point that Nana was running up the court that he settled in and started playing like JPJ.  Had as many makes at the Pirates at the FT line.

    Copeland was the statistical MVP of the game. Double-double and his shot was wet.  He's very good at defending without fouling.

    Watson is locked in. This is going to be a special year.

    It turns out that "shorten the rotation" is code for Thor isn't going to play

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    One thing I will say to pump the breaks is we went 17-1 at home last year. We have always heavily struggled on the road. Two wins next week and we are for real. No more of this only good at home crap.

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    The last 10 minutes were a  blast. They could not stop James from getting to the basket. 

     

    Our ceiling is much, much higher than we saw tonight. Heck, we did most of our damage despite Roby being on the bench. Good contributions by almost everyone. I was impressed with the hustle plays by Brady. They switched Harris over to guard Nelson after he got in the lane a few times and Amir did a nice job. His length really bothered him. Tanner was always in the right position on both sides of the floor. Glynn held us together offensively early on. 

     

    SH confused us a bit by changing defenses, but we eventually adjusted. We are a much better team when both the ball and players are moving. Feels good to have a 23 point win over a non-conference opponent from a power conference. 

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    41 minutes ago, jdw said:

    I would fill in the missing word for you but I got in trouble for cussing outside of the game thread.

     

    Fair warning: If this season goes the way it's setting up to go, I'm going to be dropping some cuss words in game threads, out of game threads, on top of threads, all over threads.  I'm going to drop the MOAFB.  It's going to be epic.

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    Postgame notes and quotes from UNL

     

    Nebraska Postgame Notes: 
    *-James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 29 points, the second-highest total of his career and ninth career 20-point game. He has now been in double figures in 17 straight games dating back to last season 
    *-Palmer’s 29 points were the most by an individual player at Pinnacle Bank Arena since Glynn Watson Jr. scored 29 points against Minnesota on Dec. 5 of last season.
    *-Isaac Copeland Jr. posted his fifth career double-double and fourth as a Husker with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
    *-Glynn Watson Jr. moved past Cary Cochran (1,081 points) for 27th on Nebraska’s career scoring chart. Watson, who also dished out eight assists, now has 1,089 career points. 
    *-Husker seniors James Palmer Jr. (29 points), Isaac Copeland (18 points) and Glynn Watson Jr. (14 points) combined for 61 of Nebraska’s 80 points.
    *-Nebraska won for the 14th straight time at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The 23-point win was the Huskers’ ninth double-digit victory during their 14-game home winning streak and fourth straight. The 14-game home win streak is NU’s longest since opening the 2010-11 season with 14 straight home wins.  
    *-Nebraska has scored 80 or more points in each of the first three games, the first time the Huskers have done that since the 1992-93 season.
    *-Tim Miles won his 100th game at Nebraska, becoming the fifth Husker coach to reach the milestone.
    *-With the win, Nebraska snapped a seven-game losing streak to Big East teams.  The win was also NU’s first in the Gavitt Tipoff Games after dropping previous games to Villanova (2015) and St. John’s (2017).
    *-Nebraska held Seton Hall to 2-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Opponents are now 6-of-48 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc this season, and the Huskers have held each of their first three opponents under 18 percent.
    *-The Huskers held Seton Hall to 35.6 percent shooting, marking the 29th consecutive game Nebraska has held its opponent to 50 percent shooting or less.

    Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard

    On Nebraska’s defense
    “(Nebraska) They’re a veteran, talented, tested team. They’re very good defensively. Our ball movement wasn’t great tonight, but I think that has a lot to do with them. You got to give them a lot of credit.”

     

    On what his young team can learn from playing a veteran team
    “I think you can learn a ton. We’ll get home, break down the tape and kind of see things that we did well. I like the way we battled, up until the 35 minute mark. I think there’s a lot of things we did well and I think there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well and we'll improve on them.”

     

    On what he liked from his team tonight
    “I loved their effort and I liked their attitude. I felt their attitude all the way through. Even when we got down 13 late, they were talking about how there was still a lot of time left and to keep their heads up. I was happy with their effort. Nebraska is a tough place to play and they're a good team.”

     

    Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles

    Opening Statement

    “I'd just like to start and just say I think our students were ridiculously good tonight. They were so loud and provided so much energy and it made the game so fun. Thank you to our fans and our crowd. That was really cool to be a part of.”

     

    On his team’s performance 

    “I thought they were good all night, but certainly after that 36-15 run, I thought there was this long pause and sometimes you worry. They’re at the monitor trying to figure things out, but I thought our kids really came back and played rock solid. James (Palmer Jr.) had a big shot that helped. That second half we knew that against Coach Willard, it’s the (Rick) Pitino kind of system that it will take awhile for us to figure out what they’re doing and when they’re man and when they’re zone. I’ve said in the pregame stuff with radio and TV that I thought we played better as the game went on. And we did. What was happening was you saw Palmer hit big shots and make big plays. (Isaac) Copeland made big shots. I think that Glynn (Watson Jr.) made a big three. Thomas (Allen Jr.) made a big three. Nana (Akenten) made a great pull-up. They were really important plays, all of them. Then you can see Isaiah Roby had the best 90 seconds of the night. That’s about all he had. People could see why we want him in there.”

     

    On the team's hard work and ability to adjust 

    “There’s no doubt. What I feel comfortable with is how they show up every day to work. There’s not really a change in demeanor. They know what needs to be done. When you’re communicating with those top guys, we have smart bigs, which changes everything. Now you can scheme it up in the second half. We took Isaac Copeland and put him right in the middle of the lane to change their whole screen-and-roll game. Then we just switched out on the whole thing and it stopped all that screen-and-roll stuff. Most guys might not make that play. We say Cope 'go do it,' this is how we’re going to switch it out with Glynn or with one of the other guys. They handled it really well. They didn’t even give up an open look. I thought that was really important.”

     

    Nebraska Player Quotes

    Isaac Copeland Jr. 
    On that run after Isaiah Roby picked up his fourth foul
    “That was a real test for us. We didn’t have the experience of playing through that in the first two games, so I think we really stayed together and made a push after that. That helps too (fans getting hyped). PBA has some good fans, and we appreciate them.”

     

    On [Huskers freshman center] Brady Heiman playing extensive minutes
    “Brady was great. I thought we had a taste of it in the first two games against other opponents, but I think he stepped up tonight. It was his night, and he helped us out a lot.”

     

    Glynn Watson Jr.
    On playing against scoring guards such as Myles Powell
    “He’s a great scorer. He moves a lot without the ball, and you always have to move with him. It was just a good test for me to move my feet and try to stay out of foul trouble. I did get into a little foul trouble (early), but I thought the guys stepped up to guard him, like James (Palmer Jr.) and Amir (Harris), and stuff like that too.”

     

    James Palmer Jr.
    On if tonight’s win makes them think less about preseason rankings
    “I don’t think we really worry about the preseason rankings or anything like that. We just focus on ourselves. Tonight, we just handled business.”

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    One more thing I remember Miles saying in reference to the bad officiating:

     

    I can't recall his exact words, but I believe he said he told this to one of the officials when Roby got his dunk and made that 3.  He said "Some of us, our livelihoods are at stake when you make those calls, and now you see why we wanted him out there and why it mattered to us that he wasn't."

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    Fake Sports Network reported quotes:

     

    Reporter: Coach, what did you think of the atmosphere during the game tonight?

     

    Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard: Even if they would let you bring in your own refs that could promise you to take out one of the NU stars, it is going to be tough to win in this place!

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    47 minutes ago, LNKtrnsplnt said:

    Great to see a large margain if victory in a non-con. Anyone else concerned with amount of minutes jpj, Glynn, and cope played? Jpj and cope each had 39. Granted some of those were due to Roby foul trouble, but I would think that is not sustainable. 

    no. these guys are trying to make the nba, and nba players regularly play 30+ minutes in 82 game regular season schedule.

     

    and our bench is not the strength of this team.

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    3 minutes ago, Norm Peterson said:

    I think that's the wrong game. I don't think Brady scored 10 points. And Justin Costello I'm pretty sure didn't see the floor.

     

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