Tim Miles knew he had something in his back pocket that could turn the game at Ohio State around Saturday. The entire second half, he tried to just find the right time to play his hand.
“We had made a run at the end of the 4-minute timeout when we went to 1-3-1 in the first half,” Miles said following the game. “So I was kind of waiting on it.”
Down 57-52 at the under 4-minute timeout in the second half, he deployed the zone.
Nebraska turned Ohio State over twice, went on a 6-0 run in the final 25 seconds of the game, and ended up winning 58-57.
“Thing of beauty, wasn’t it?” Miles said on his postgame radio show.
Here’s what else Miles had to say:
- “(My players) showed a lot of resolve, a lot of guts. They didn’t demonstrate bad body language or freak out on each other or anything like that.”
- “I thought Tai (Webster) was good for a long time, but Glynn (Watson) was terrific at the end.” Watson’s 3-point play with 11 seconds to play was the game-winner.
- “Down late, I thought the kids did great.”
- Miles called the jump ball by Nick Fuller late in the game a turning point. “Our guys knew we had (the possession arrow) and I really credit them.”
- On Watson’s game-winning shot: “We just put him in the middle of the floor with a ball screen and he made a great play.”