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      Nebraska 70 - Penn St 64

      Roby's season high 22 points a difference maker in this slugfest

       

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    Needed that win.

    Roby was a stud.

    They need to find the fire again if they're gonna accomplish their goals.

    Glynn had a great game, too.

    JPJ was ok relative to his standard.

    Need more from the bench, especially in the 2nd half. There were literally no subs.

    Sounds like Nana was fighting some sort of something.

    Good to see Amir back.
    It was just kind of a strange game.

     

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    Ok, here's what I wonder and it's mostly pure speculation. It's partially based on an REO Speedwagon take ("heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend...") and partly from watching a couple of players, mostly Cope, closely during the game because of what I'd heard. I wonder if the illness bug hit more than just the players we have heard about? For example, either Copeland was completely out of the game mentally, which seems unusual, or he was just not up to it physically. I watched him get pushed around easily by guards several times and he seemed to be gassed far earlier than you would expect. He was hanging his head big time following a number of defensive series. Palmer the same. Neither player seemed to be able to move their feet on defense like they usually do. Again, this is barely informed speculation, but I still wonder. 

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    32 minutes ago, Ashfan said:

    Ok, here's what I wonder and it's mostly pure speculation. It's partially based on an REO Speedwagon take ("heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend...") and partly from watching a couple of players, mostly Cope, closely during the game because of what I'd heard. I wonder if the illness bug hit more than just the players we have heard about? For example, either Copeland was completely out of the game mentally, which seems unusual, or he was just not up to it physically. I watched him get pushed around easily by guards several times and he seemed to be gassed far earlier than you would expect. He was hanging his head big time following a number of defensive series. Palmer the same. Neither player seemed to be able to move their feet on defense like they usually do. Again, this is barely informed speculation, but I still wonder. 

     

    Any take referencing REO Speedwagon deserves an upvote.   

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    49 minutes ago, Ashfan said:

    Ok, here's what I wonder and it's mostly pure speculation. It's partially based on an REO Speedwagon take ("heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend...") and partly from watching a couple of players, mostly Cope, closely during the game because of what I'd heard. I wonder if the illness bug hit more than just the players we have heard about? For example, either Copeland was completely out of the game mentally, which seems unusual, or he was just not up to it physically. I watched him get pushed around easily by guards several times and he seemed to be gassed far earlier than you would expect. He was hanging his head big time following a number of defensive series. Palmer the same. Neither player seemed to be able to move their feet on defense like they usually do. Again, this is barely informed speculation, but I still wonder. 

    The players spend a lot of time together and between the locker room and game room they are in fairly close proximity.  It would be more likely than not that the flu or other sicknesses go through the team like it would go through a grade school.  Roby was sick along with Tom at the Oklahoma State game.  So personally I would be more surprised if the sickness bypassed a player...any player (or coach for that matter).

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    The take from the PSU Collegian student newspaper:

     

     

    "Penn State played its best basketball in over a month, but it still didn’t translate to the team’s first conference win of the season.

     

    "Playing on the road against a talented Nebraska team, the Nittany Lions played a solid game from start to finish, something they haven’t been able to do this season. But winning on the road in Pinnacle Bank Arena is difficult no matter how good the Cornhuskers are, but Tim Miles has arguably the most talented team of his tenure and Nebraska was able to come away with an 70-64 win on Thursday night.

     

    "But despite the loss, there were plenty of positives to take away from Penn State’s performance."

     

    SNIP

     

    "This was easily Reaves’ best performance in over a month, and probably his most complete performance of the season and is a positive sign as the Nittany Lions look to turn around their season."

     

     

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    10 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

     

    Via Miles

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    Nana plays a decent amount of minutes but he missed a lot of practice with sickness and wasn't up to speed on the game plan

    Amir is just coming back. He had a good rebound and that's something we need so his PT should increase.

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    I think we would have been ok with Tanner in the game but then you have someone that Penn St can use Watkins or Harrar to guard and that we won the game exploiting those guys

    Unless Brady was ready to pick and pop some 3s it's tough sledding expecting him to guard either of their bigs or Lamar Stevens 

     

    I get that it seemed like some of the guys lacked energy at the end but it really seemed like there was a lack of energy on offense to start the game.  Was it by design that we were slowly bringing the ball up the court last night most of the game and if so was it so we would have enough energy to play defense? If that was the case, that's a lack of substitution problem.

    Saw that after the game. Not as upset about the bench now. I get it. Amir and Nana were both cut off due to health. And Roby stayed out of foul trouble and was doing a lot. And had the matchup advantage on whoever was on him. So I'm good now. 

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    9 hours ago, Huskerpapa said:

    There were times the crowd was into the game, and at other times, people sat on their collective hands.  Perhaps the choppiness of the game played a role???  I know our section would be standing after an offensive bucket, and tried to rev the engines, and PSU would go back to the other end and score, and the butts would slide back into the seats.  Everyone seemed tense.  

     

    As far as people leaving early...I have never understood it, I will never understand it and I will never like it.

     

    Short story, with the game on the line last evening and with only a couple minutes left; the "fan" on my left decided to ask me about the Creighton/Marquette game.  She said she felt bad for Creighton.  I had to apologize to my family as we were walking back to the car; cause I sort of went off on her.  Kinda, sorta....yeah..  If she happens to read this, I apologize!  Then again, NEVER is a good time to tell me that you feel bad about Creighton basketball; especially when I am at a tight Husker game.  Come on man!

    I couldn't make the game because of work, we're the students back because the people behind the bench looked my age.

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    6 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

     

    If you buy into the "4 factors" here is how we look overall

    We're deficient is rebounding but for once our eFG% is good. Thus,  a team that shoots well, gets to the FT line, and doesn't turn the ball over can overcome a team getting extra looks by losing at rebounding. It's how we won last night.

     

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    The conference only numbers paint a different picture.  Our defense has been sub-standard as while we're still taking away the 3, teams are hitting them against us. We're getting people to miss 2s but they're rebounding a lot of them. One thing that will really help is that elite foul drawing teams are few in this conference and guess which two? Iowa and Minny of course.

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    Our problem is that we're a defensive team that is better offensively than defensively.  It is probably a bit confusing but if we figure it out the sky is the limit.

    Nebraska can't be 10th in offensive efficiency I have been told Miles is inept offensively.

    Edited by jdw
    Autocorrect

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    13 hours ago, jdw said:

    I couldn't make the game because of work, we're the students back because the people behind the bench looked my age.

    The students were back.  I thought the students were into the game.  Perhaps on a scale of 1-10 they were at def-con 5 or 6

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    Here it is!

    1 and 2 in 3

    The Huskers have gone 1-2 in our last 3 games but, are Caleb and Jake in a panic? No, they break down the games in a calm, cool and collected fashion.
    We also discuss who has earned a free pass from criticism and how long this temporary pass will be in effect. We also talk about the next few games and what we expect from the Huskers. We are now on iHeart Radio along with iTunes and Spotify!

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    On ‎1‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 5:56 PM, jayschool said:

    The take from the PSU Collegian student newspaper:

     

     

    "Penn State played its best basketball in over a month, but it still didn’t translate to the team’s first conference win of the season.

     

    "Playing on the road against a talented Nebraska team, the Nittany Lions played a solid game from start to finish, something they haven’t been able to do this season. But winning on the road in Pinnacle Bank Arena is difficult no matter how good the Cornhuskers are, but Tim Miles has arguably the most talented team of his tenure and Nebraska was able to come away with an 70-64 win on Thursday night.

     

    "But despite the loss, there were plenty of positives to take away from Penn State’s performance."

     

    SNIP

     

    "This was easily Reaves’ best performance in over a month, and probably his most complete performance of the season and is a positive sign as the Nittany Lions look to turn around their season."

     

     

     

    So PSU brought their "A" game; we brought our "B-" or "C+" game; and we still won by 6 points.

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    On 1/11/2019 at 9:35 AM, basketballjones said:

    I wish there was a way to get Amir more time. I really think he’s a missing piece/element to our rotation. Amir can really do some things that we haven’t seen fully on display yet. I promise you guys that. 

    I heard he dropped 20 pounds with the mono. Need to get him & Nana “well”...

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    On 1/11/2019 at 4:12 PM, Ashfan said:

    Ok, here's what I wonder and it's mostly pure speculation. It's partially based on an REO Speedwagon take ("heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend...") and partly from watching a couple of players, mostly Cope, closely during the game because of what I'd heard. I wonder if the illness bug hit more than just the players we have heard about? For example, either Copeland was completely out of the game mentally, which seems unusual, or he was just not up to it physically. I watched him get pushed around easily by guards several times and he seemed to be gassed far earlier than you would expect. He was hanging his head big time following a number of defensive series. Palmer the same. Neither player seemed to be able to move their feet on defense like they usually do. Again, this is barely informed speculation, but I still wonder. 

    According to the CDC (sorry, don’t know how to link on a phone) Nebraska is one of 15 states experiencing a high rate of ILI (influenza like illnesses) so it wouldn’t be surprising if it is making its way around the team.  In my office the majority of people are sick.  I just got better myself.  

     

    I like the illness angle much better than our team losing its mojo.

    Edited by busticket

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