B1G Red reacted to jayschool in uneblinstu's postgame chatter: vol 12; ed 6 - George Mason
I'm finding this season oddly liberating, and this game is the perfect exemplar: we got crushed by a mid-major — next!
Listen, every game last year and the year before devolved into either extreme melancholic episodes (losses) and absurdly optimistic declarations of long-term world domination (wins).
This year, it's just a game, fun to watch but ultimately not all that important.
Screw it — NEXT!
B1G Red reacted to 49r in uneblinstu’s postgame chatter: vol 12; vs. South Dakota St.
We certainly have a long ways to go to get where we want to be, but this felt good. And we saw flashes of pretty good ball tonight. Overall I'm pretty proud of the fellas tonight.
Just think, by this time next year we're gonna be rollin' with Banton, Walker and Stevenson plus everyone is going to have a year in the system. Future's looking bright fellas!
B1G Red reacted to hhcmatt in Game Day Essentials: Game #2 vs Southern Utah
Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1) vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds (1-0)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Broadcast: (Pay) BTN+
Head Coach: Todd Simon
Location: Cedar City, Utah (Southwest part of the state)
Conference: Big Sky
Shirt not to wear: Bird
Defensive Style: Speed you up into a bad shot
Offensive Style: Love the rim
Line: Nebraska by 7.5
Players to watch: Cameron Oluyitan
The 6'7" wing led the T-Birds in scoring last and has been noted as a lock-down defender. If the Huskers have someone get hot from the floor expect Oluyitan to be rotated there.
Players to watch: Dwayne Morgan
Morgan is a UNLV transfer and former 5 star that due to injury is back for a 6th season. Two years ago he was a double digit scorer and Southern Utah's leading rebounder. Morgan hasn't quite ever lived up to the hype as the scoring is definitely volume based.
Hoiberg mentioned Cross when talking about the 3pt shooting struggles against UC Riverside. State they recruited Cross because he had that skill set and he was getting good looks, but they just weren't falling in. It's certainly a very different team we're watching as it's tough to imagine Cross even seeing the floor much under Miles or Sadler, much less getting the green light to fire away.
The Skinny: Todd Simon can recruit and that's exactly why Southern Utah hired the young coach. Simon got his start under Lon Kruger at UNLV and then spent a number of years at now defunct prep school/basketball factory Findley Prep before parlaying the relationships built there back into the associate head coach job at UNLV, this time under Dave Rose. After Rose was let go mid-season, Simon served as the interim head coach. While UNLV was so-so in the win-loss department they had plenty of talent and Simon was a big part of that. Currently Southern Utah has arguably the best talent in the Big Sky as Simon has stockpiled transfers from UNLV (Morgan), Arizona St (Andre Adams), Iowa St (Jakolby Long), Boise St (Oluyitan), Illinois St (Daouda Ndiaye) and Utah St (John Knight). That's 6 transfers if you're counting at home...the same number as the Huskers.
Simon certainly brings the Runnin' part of the Runnin' Rebels to this team though it's his own spin. The Thunderbirds want to play fast on both ends of the court with a focus on defense. You might assume that they're trying to force turnovers but it's more about speeding you up into taking bad shots to set up their transition offense. You also might assume that Nebraska wants to play fast anyway but if the Huskers are quickly missing a lot of shots that's absolutely what Southern Utah wants. Offensively the Thunderbirds will try and drive everything to the rim. They've made up for their fairly poor half court offense with transitions points plus getting to the FT line. A fully functional Sadler defense would probably throttle this team but if Tuesday is any indication we are far from functional.
Adding to the uncertainty in how this game will unfold is that both teams are plenty capable of drawing contact so this could be a game decided at the FT line. It seems like S. Utah has some foul prone interior players. Does Nebraska have the patience to attack this?
This early afternoon game was a trap waiting to happen had Nebraska won easily on Tuesday. How do they respond today?
Prediction: Nebraska 82 - Southern Utah 76
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B1G Red reacted to Norm Peterson in Perspective
I mentioned in the HHCC thread that I have very low expectations for this season. So, it won't take much for me to be happy with what I see. Some reasons to be a little chill about last night's debacle:
Hoiberg built an entire roster from scratch in a roughly 30-day stretch ... in the spring ... when things were pretty well picked-over These guys have never played together before They don't ideally have the types of skillsets HCFH would recruit if he had more time to build a team So you had to figure there would be bumps in the road
We start a 17-year-old center who is younger than half of the high school seniors playing basketball in this country right now We have three true-freshmen in our regular rotation all of whom played in their first official college games last night Our starting PG is a only a sophomore, and a juco to boot, and it generally takes jucos at least a semester to adjust We only have two seniors on the entire roster
So, we're young, inexperienced, and undersized this season. What were you expecting?
B1G Red got a reaction from Red Don in UC Riverside (0-0) vs. Nebraska (0-0) Game Thread
From time to time I check out a few other message boards for the other sports teams I follow, and I’ve always felt the regular posters on this board were by far and away the most thoughtful, reasonable, and patient. Refreshing to say the least. Always can count on coming here for good, respectful discussion and usually learn something from many posters on here who clearly have a higher basketball IQ than I. But tonight, I gotta say, I’m a bit disappointed with the lack of perspective. Can’t believe it’s too common to have a new coach, staff, and damn near all new players in a new system all in one year. Add to that an opposing team that couldn’t miss from deep behind the arc. Let’s at least wait until January before we start spreading the doom and gloom.
B1G Red reacted to busticket in uneblinstu’s postgame chatter: vol 12; ed 1 - vs. UC Riverside
We looked like a team with 12 new guys + Thor. Sucks but a team like ours should look night and day different by conference play.
B1G Red reacted to aphilso1 in UC Riverside (0-0) vs. Nebraska (0-0) Game Thread
Let's look on the bright side. We weren't going to make the postseason this year anyway, so this loss doesn't really hurt us. But it will drag our RPI down into the gutter, meaning when we upset Creighton and Iowa later in the year it will count as a "bad loss" for them and keep them home in March, too!
B1G Red reacted to unl in Cam Mack is N
Huskers land highly ranked PG as the heir apparent to Glynn Watson
Image courtesy of huskers.com
Mack had verbally committed on Saturday night during his on campus visit. The JUCO All-Region guard at Salt Lake CC was previously a St. John's commit until their recent staff shakeup. Mack originally signed with Stephen F. Austin out of high school for 2017-18 but ended up redshirting. He has 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Quote from HC Fred Hoiberg
Roster shaping up.
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B1G Red reacted to hhcmatt in Fred Hoiberg is N
Allright, said Fred
Contract signed Saturday, March 30, 2019 with presser set for Tuesday afternoon
Fred Hoiberg - “First, I want to thank Bill Moos, Chancellor Green and President Bounds for the opportunity to lead the Nebraska men’s basketball program,” Hoiberg said. “I can’t express how excited I am to be back on the sidelines and to be coaching at a university that means a lot to my family and me.
“Lincoln is a special place for our family. I was born in Lincoln, my grandfather Jerry Bush was the head coach at Nebraska, my other grandfather was a long-time professor there, and my parents are proud graduates of the University of Nebraska. Nebraska has always felt like a second home.
“I had the opportunity to coach at Pinnacle Bank Arena with the Bulls, and I have seen first-hand that the facilities are as nice as any in the country. When you couple that with a loyal and passionate fan base, you can see there is great potential for the future of Nebraska basketball.”
Bill Moos - “We are excited to welcome Fred, his wife Carol, and their family to Nebraska. He will be an outstanding representative of the University, and a great leader for our men’s basketball program,” Moos said.
“When you look at him, you see an individual who has had success as a player and a coach,” Moos said. “Fred’s background will sell itself on the recruiting trail, and help us bring in the type of student-athletes needed to compete at the highest level. His style of play not only will be appealing to prospective recruits, but will also provide our great fans an entertaining brand of basketball.”
Ronnie Green - “Bill Moos has made an exceptional choice to lead Husker basketball into the future. I look forward to welcoming Coach Hoiberg and his family to Nebraska and am excited to see where he takes the program.”
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B1G Red reacted to Nebrasketball1979 in Nebraska Bubble Watch
This is pretty darn exciting and rewarding as a fan and for most of the fan base that has stuck with this team. I will throw my two cents in but agree with a lot of what's already been written today. I do think a win tomorrow and Saturday gets us in the conversation. I don't necessarily agree that tomorrow is a play in game. I think there are a few black marks against our resume. The first is the lack of wow factor in our Q1 wins. A lot of pundits think Indiana is on the wrong side of the bubble so here are Indiana's six Q1 wins for comparison purposes:
@ Mich State (Net #8)
vs Mich St. (NET #8)
vs. Wisconsin (Net #15)
vs. Louisville (Net #21)
vs. Marquette (Net #29)
@ Penn State (Net #49)
Compare this to our Q1 wins:
(N) Maryland (Net #26)
@ Clemson (Net #35)
@ Indiana (Net #51)
Not all Q1 wins are created equally and I think that is a problem for us. Currently our 3 wins above are arguably weaker than Indiana's top 3 for sure, and potentially top 4. I don't believe any of our Q1 wins scream "Wow". I'm not really sure Wisconsin does for me either. What is going for us though is that all of our Q1 wins are on a neutral site/road. Add a Wisconsin and add a Mich St. and now I think we are firmly in the conversation with 5 neutral/road Q1 wins. I suspect there wouldn't be any other "bubble" teams that could boast that.
The other big black mark is the inescapable 6-14 conference record. I know, I know,...conference record is not on the team sheets. However, these are still people selecting teams and while I do think they rely too heavily on analytics at times (or in those times when Nebraska is left out of the tournament ?), our conference record will almost undoubtedly be brought up conversationally. Would those conversations make it difficult in the minds of certain committee memebers to justify Nebraska's inclusion in the field...who knows but I think it's possible.
The positives...I do think the committee, despite all of them denying this, do like a good story (i.e. Trae Young and Oklahoma last year). Nebraska and their six scholarship players and lack of a NCAA tourney win is quite the underdog/cinderalla story. This story will gain national traction tomorrow with a win against Wisconsin - you can expect the Jerry Palm's and Joe Lunardi's to start talking about Nebraska and their resume and they will be debating whether or not we are worthy for consideration on the bubble or just a potential bid stealer. Remember, the NCAA and the NCAA tournament is still an entity and tournament designed to exploit teams/star players to make them as much money as humanly possible!
We also will have a pretty good NET ranking if we beat Wisconsin and either Mich. St. or Ohio St. - probably somewhere around 40, maybe a hair better which would likely be better than most of the bubble teams.
All of this is fascinating and I am thoroughly enjoying this ride. Here's to hoping we make all of this a moot point and just go out and win the whole damn thing!
B1G Red reacted to hhcmatt in uneblinstu's postgame chatter: vol 11; ed 31 - Iowa
A graph of improbable victory