LINCOLN, Neb. — Not much has been flawed about Nebraska basketball the past few weeks.
Nebraska (8-6, 2-0) is coming off of two straight road wins at Indiana and host Iowa (9-6) on Wednesday night here in Lincoln.
The Huskers donned black jersey’s at Maryland on New Year’s Day. Nebraska coach Tim Miles said he wanted his team to adopt the “Blackshirt” mentality that afternoon, referencing the Nebraska football team’s defensive tradition.
It worked, he said, and he hopes that carries over against Iowa on Wednesday, who Nebraska has lost to five straight times.
“The last thing I need is another Creighton on my hands,” Miles said on Wednesday.
Here’s what else the coach had to say:
- “First of all its very early in the year. We played two big games on the road and we need to keep that.”
- Why Nebraska plays well on the road compared to at home: “There’s always distractions at home. We’re a young team so a lot of times we’re with them more often. So at night their mindsets a little different. So it’s hard to tell.”
- The Blackshirt mentality: “It’s Blackshirt football. They were great defensively, right? So the idea of wearing the Blackshirt is that you are a special defensive player with a certain mentality that sets your team apart from anybody else. And quite frankly, why not adopt the same idea for basketball?”
- “We’re still turning it over too much but we’ve been OK. The thing I like is at the end of the game our two bigs have really been aggressive on the offensive glass. So any time we get a shot up that doesn’t go in, I feel really good. There were a couple times I told Glynn (Watson) on this play, you have to shoot it. Because he hadn’t shot the ball a couple times because he didn’t know about this or that, and when we showed him the tape of where the two big were, they were open. It was like, dude we have this, we have your back. Go ahead and miss it.”
- “I think the guys are starting to understand each other and how one guy an pick another guy up and yeah we have Glynn on an isolation play but we have the miss covered. And that only comes with a lot of work from Michael (Jacobson), Ed (Morrow) and those guys. So I’ve just been really proud of them that way.”
- “I think Tai (Webster) can be a leader. He’s an empathetic person to start with. When he leads, some guys lead from the front, the Alpha, follow me, let’s charge in there. Tai is more empowering than that, and he can tell his own story. Because he’s had his struggles, and he’s done a heck of a job.”
- On growing confidence: “I don’t know if its confidence as much as we just didn’t quit.”