Nebraska basketball entered Thursday night with a 13-7 overall record and a 4-3 record in Big Ten play. After the game against Michigan — which resulted in a 20-point victory for the Cornhuskers — the team is now 5-3 in the Big Ten standings.
Michigan is currently ranked at No. 23 in the country according to the latest AP poll, but will likely drop after its loss to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, after wins over Illinois and now Michigan, could creep near the top 25.
James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with his 19. Only one Michigan player scored in double digits, as Charles Matthews scored 15.
What Nebraska coach Tim Miles said after Nebraska’s 72-52 win
Tim Miles loved the student section. "Even I was chanting 'Wagner,' " he said. #Nebrasketball
— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) January 19, 2018
Tim Miles: "I haven't decompressed yet, but I'm sure around 3 a.m. I'll feel pretty good about it." #Huskers
— Chris Basnett (@HuskerExtraCB) January 19, 2018
On the atmosphere and the crowd:
“Pinnacle Bank Arena is one of the best venues in the country. You watch even the opponents warm up and they have a little extra skip going in their step, and it was phenomenal all night. It’s so nice to send the Huskers home early with a big smile on their face and not wait until the very end, or the bitter end, and really enjoy one. It was really cool, especially that first half when we started to kind of take a lead, it was one of those things that, like I said, I got chills. Students were phenomenal. I thought they really did a great job.”
On building off this win and staying in the conversation:
“You got a big road trip and whenever you go two in a row on the road you obviously have to start with, we got to get a split, and that starts the goal, and then you hope you get the first one and then you try and sweep them. That’s just kind of the old-school mentality that I’ve got and be ready for Monday.”
On the game plan:
“I was just very proud of the guys tonight. (Assistant Coach) Kenya Hunter put together a great defensive game plan, spent a lot of time, he and I, even in the offseason, how are we going to beat these guys that spread the floor so well? I thought Kenya made some adjustments, some of the switches and some of that, and our guys bought in. They were very focused, very competitive with energy, and did a great job. I’m really proud of our guys.”