Nebraska’s 2016-17 season ended in the first game in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday afternoon with a 76-67 overtime loss to Penn State.
The Huskers finish 12-19 on the season, the worst record in Tim Miles’ five seasons at Nebraska and the Huskers’ most losses since the 2002-03 season. The 19 losses also ties the most losses in a single season in Nebraska history.
The Huskers ended the season with a five-game losing streak.
The Nittany Lions advance in the tournament to play Michigan State on Thursday afternoon.
In the final game of his career, senior guard Tai Webster got back on track.
After his streak of 30 straight games of scoring 10 or more points was snapped on senior night, Webster had 10 points in the first half alone. However, Webster finished with just 12 points and fouled out in overtime.
Freshman Jordy Tshimanga also had a fine game down low, with 6 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
Junior guard Evan Taylor added a game-high 15 points for Nebraska.
Nebraska did not lead in the game, did not shoot well, did not defend well and, overall, hardly showed up for the tournament.
The Huskers went on four different scoring droughts of 3 minutes or longer. They only had 7 assists on 26 field goals. Overall, another bad showing.
What it means
The initial reaction could be that this loss could carry some serious implications.
Five straight losses to end his worst season in Lincoln in terms of record doesn’t seem to bode well for Miles.
But, shortly after the game, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst tweeted that Miles will be back next season.
— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) March 8, 2017