Nebraska Forward Brandon Ubel
On how hard it was to find a rhythm in a game like tonight’s game
“It was definitely a different type of game, and that was something that we have struggled with, getting to the free throw line. The fact that we got there so many times is a good sign. I think that just means we were attacking more at the rim, instead of being hesitant. That is a good sign for us going forward, but there was definitely a different pace to it.”
On if Penn State was getting sloppy at the end of the game
“I think we did a good job recognizing how the game was being called and attacked the rim. We didn’t settle for jump shots. There were a lot of times in the first and second half that we could have taken a three, but instead we pump faked and drove to the rim. That is a really good thing because not only does it make it five on four which then you can get to the rim, but it also opens up guys for shots.”
On the defensive play tonight
“I think we did really well on defense, obviously when you foul that much it kind of negates it. I thought we were in tune with what was going on. We had a really good scout. We just recognized their sets and used our hands a little too much and fouled.”
On if the team felt fresh
“I think so, any time you get a week off in the middle of the Big Ten season, which is long, is nice. It was well timed for us, we came out and got the win and now hopefully we can get on a roll here.”
On winning a game being favored
“Well want to win every game. Realistically that is not going to happen even to the best teams. It is big for us, coach has been saying all week that we are either going to catch the teams below us, or in front of us. We got to get on a roll here and make sure we are heading in the right direction.”
*-Penn State was held to 29.2 percent shooting tonight, the lowest by a Husker opponent this year. The previous low was 32.1 percent by Northwestern on Jan. 26.
*-Nebraska picked up its ninth home win of the season, the 37th consecutive season finishing at or above .500 in the Devaney Center.
*-The Huskers picked up their 12th win of the season, matching the entire season total from 2011-12
*-Nebraska swept both regular-season meetings with Penn State, the first time the Huskers had swept a season series from a conference opponent since the 2008-09 season against Colorado (55-53, 46-41)
*-Nebraska’s 67 points is its second-highest total in Big Ten play this season, trailing only the 68 scored at Penn State on Jan. 19.
*-Nebraska out-rebounded PSU, 40-39, the second straight game where the Huskers had out-rebounded an opponent.
*-Brandon Ubel tied his career high with three blocks, which was previously set against Wisconsin on Jan. 6. He now has 16 blocked shots this season, which is a career best.
*-David Rivers dished out a career-best five assists, after having just 11 assists in the Huskers’ first 22 games. His previous season and career best was three in the season opener against Southern on Nov. 11.