Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway both earned All-Big Ten honors in 2013-14.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Cap Successful 2013-14 with NCAA Bid

By NU Athletic Communications

For outsiders around the Nebraska basketball program, the 2013-14 season will be looked back as a breakthrough year, but for Coach Tim Miles and the team, it was about setting a standard for the group and striving for that every day. 

When media members and fans asked what the goal should be for the Husker program, Miles, as he is known to do, was quick with a reply, a response which has been the same since he took over the helm of the program two seasons ago.

“We want to get to the NCAA Tournament and win when we get there.”

2013-14 Individual Honors
Tim Miles
•-Jim Phalen National Coach of the Year
•-Big Ten Coach of the Year (Coaches)

Ray Gallegos
•-2013-14 Team Captain

Kye Kurkowski
•-First-Team Academic All-Big Ten

Trevor Menke
•-First-Team Academic All-Big Ten

Terran Petteway
•-First-Team All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
•-Fist-Team All-District (District 7)
•-Fist-Team All-District (District VI)
•-Big Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 17)
•-2013-14 Team Captain

Shavon Shields
•-Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
•-Lute Olson National Player of the Week (Nov. 11)
•-Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 10 and March 10)
•-First-Team Academic All-District VII
•-First-Team Academic All-Big Ten
•-2013-14 Team Captain

Sergej Vucetic
•-First-Team Academic All-Big Ten

The Huskers, who were a near consensus pick to finish last in the Big Ten preseason media poll, never wavered throughout despite a rocky start. That resolve, as well as commitment to playing exceptional defense, allowed the Huskers to flourish during the second half of the season. Nebraska won eight of its final nine regular-season games to finish fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 record.
Fast forward to March, as Nebraska finished a 19-13 season with the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. As Miles addressed the media before Nebraska’s second-round game, he talked about the difference between expectations and goals.

“So expectations, I think really can skew you the wrong way,” Miles said. “But your goals are what you strive for. Your attitude every day is what really matters. Our goals never changed even when we were 1-5. We wanted to be in the NCAA Tournament.”

To get into the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska, which was 9-9 on the season following a 58-54 loss to Penn State, needed to string together some wins in the final month of the season.

The impetus of the change came on the defensive end of the floor first. The Huskers, who were 12th in the Big Ten in field goal defense entering the conference season, did not allow an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in the final 16 games, including an eight-game stretch of holding foes to under 40 percent shooting. That marked the first time in over four decades that Nebraska had accomplished the feat. The Huskers finished second in the Big Ten in field goal defense (.415) and third in scoring defense (64.3 ppg).

“That’s been our calling card,” Miles said. “I’ll bet you money — even though I would never do that — that if you ask these guys if their calling card would be defense in October, they would have laughed at you.”

The surge included a 10-2 stretch to close the Big Ten slate, including a pair of top-10 wins (at No. 9 Michigan State and No. 9 Wisconsin), as well as the first sweep of Indiana in program history.

The regular season came down to the final Big Ten game, when the Huskers hosted ninth-ranked Wisconsin. In front of a school-record crowd of 15,998, Nebraska rose to the occasion, using a 12-1 second-half surge to overcome a four-point deficit to regain the lead for good. Petteway and Shields led all scorers with 26 points each while Pitchford added 15 points as the trio combined for 67 of the Huskers’ 77 points against the Final Four bound Badgers.

As it was most of the season, Nebraska’s sophomore trio of Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields and Walter Pitchford provided the bulk of the Huskers’ offensive attack.

Petteway became one of the biggest surprises in the Big Ten in 2013-14, leading the conference in scoring at 18.1 points per game, as he became the first Husker in over 60 years to earn that honor. Petteway, who had 12 20-point games, became the first player since 1998 to earn consensus first-team all-conference honors. A transfer from Texas Tech, he became the first Big Ten player in three years to put up multiple 30-point efforts, including a career-high 35 points against NIT champion Minnesota.

Shields emerged as one of the Huskers’ most consistent performers, as he averaged 12.8 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Shields, who had four games of at least 20 points, scored a career-high 33 points against Illinois, including a school-record 15-of-15 from the foul line. Shields was at his best down the stretch, averaging 17.6 points per game on 50 percent shooting over the Huskers’ final five contests, including 26 points against ninth-ranked Wisconsin.

Pitchford, who transferred in from Florida, developed into a solid third scoring option, averaging 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10 sophomore shot 41 percent from 3-point range, and averaged 11 points per game on 53 percent shooting over the Huskers’ final 14 games. He keyed NU’s win at No. 9 Michigan State with a career-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and nine rebounds at Indiana.

Nebraska made the opening season of Pinnacle Bank Arena a success, shattering school records for attendance by averaging 15,419 fans per home game to rank 13th nationally. NU was an impressive 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena with the only loss coming to Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan by one point.

Returning Totals for 2014-15

Pct. of scoring

81.5 (1,741/2,137)

Pct. of rebounds

85.6 (819/957)

Pct. of field goals made

80.0 (80.9/719)

Pct. of field goals attempted

78.2 (1,317/1,684)

Pct. of 3-point FG made

64.9 (122/188)

Pct. of 3-point FG attempted

65.1 (367/564)

Pct. of free throws made

89.0 (455/511)

Pct. of free throws attempted

87.9 (627/714)

Pct. of assists

76.6 (233/304)

Pct. of steals

80.6 (179/222)

Pct. of blocked shots

89.9 (89/99)

Pct. of minutes

79.1 (5,060/6,400)


By the Numbers
.786 - Nebraska’s winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 11-3 in such games over the last two seasons.

.938 - Nebraska’s home winning percentage, as the Huskers went 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU went 2-0 against ranked teams, while the only loss was a 71-70 setback against Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan on Jan. 9.

4 - The Huskers had four players total double-doubles in 2012-13 (Leslee Smith, Walter Pitchford, Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway).

7 - Nebraska made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013-14, the school’s first appearance since 1998.

8 - Number of games Nebraska played against ranked opponents, going 3-5 in those contests. The Huskers picked up a pair of wins over top-10 teams for the first time since 1993-94.

9 - Number of Huskers who have scored in double figures at least once in 2013-14.

11 - Nebraska’s Big Ten wins, which are the school’s highest total since 1965-66. The only other times NU won 11 or more conference games were back in 1915-16 and 1924-25 when Nebraska was in the Missouri Valley Conference.

18.1 - Scoring average for Terran Petteway, which led the Big Ten. Petteway became the first Husker to lead a conference in scoring in all games since 1950.

158 - Number of 3-pointers made by Ray Gallegos in his Husker career, including 137 over his final two seasons.

15,419 - Average attendance for the Huskers, setting a school record and ranking 13th nationally.

Season In Review
Nebraska finished the 2013-14 season with a 19-13 record following a loss to No. 23 Baylor in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers, who were a consensus pick to finish last in the Big Ten, were 9-9 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten before turning it around during the second half of the season. The Huskers won 10 of their final 12 conference games to finish in sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten - the program’s best conference finish since 1999. 

  • The Huskers opened Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 79-55 rout of Florida Gulf Coast in front of a sellout crowd of 15,119. Shavon Shields had a game-high 28 points, as Nebraska never trailed and held “Dunk City” dunkless.
  • The Huskers went to Charleston with a 3-0 record, but losses to UMass and UAB put the Huskers at a cross roads. NU rebounded with a 73-65 win over a Georgia team which would eventually finish third in the SEC, triggering a three-game win streak, including a win over Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. NU split its final four conference games, falling at both Creighton and Cincinnati to finish non-conference play at 8-4.
  • Nebraska opened Big Ten play on a rough patch, dropping its first four conference games, including a one-point loss against Michigan that featured two missed shots by NU in the final five seconds.
  • The Huskers snapped a 15-game losing streak to ranked teams with a 68-62 win over No. 17 Ohio State on Jan. 20. Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway had 18-points each as the Huskers avenged a 31-point loss to the Buckeyes 16 days earlier.
  • After a heart-breaking loss to Penn State where NU lost a late lead in the final minutes, the Huskers were 1-5 in the Big Ten and also lost one of their leading scorers, as Deverell Biggs was dismissed in late January. At the time, Biggs was NU’s third-leading scorer at 9.9 points per game.
  • Terran Petteway’s career-high 35 point effort lifted Nebraska to an 82-78 win over Minnesota, starting Nebraska’s turnaround. Four days later, NU overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to knock off Indiana, 60-55 and pick up its first Big Ten winning streak since joining the conference.
  • A loss at Michigan proved to be another turning point, as Nebraska bounced back for a 53-49 win at Northwestern on Feb. 8. In that game, Walter Pitchford had a career-high 15 points, including a crucial 3-pointer after the Wildcats erased an eight-point second half lead.
  • The win over Northwestern triggered a five-game Big Ten winning streak which was the program’s longest since 1999. The streak was punctuated by a stunning 60-51 win at No. 9 Michigan State, a victory which was the program’s first road win over a top-10 team since 1997. Terran Petteway had 23 points, while Walter Pitchford added 18 in his return to his home state.
  • Nebraska’s turnaround was keyed by a defense which held seven of eight opponents to 60 points or less before the Huskers ended Wisconsin’s eight-game winning streak with a 77-68 win over the ninth-ranked Badgers on March 9. On “No Sit Sunday” a school-record crowd of 15,998 watched as Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway led the Huskers to their 11th Big Ten win of the season, its highest conference win total since 1965-66.
  • Nebraska broke a 15-year drought by reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The Huskers appearance was the program’s first since 1998.
  • The 2014 season marked the third time that both the Husker men and women reached the NCAA Tournament (also 1993 and 1998). The Husker women are 26-7 and won the Big Ten Tournament title on March 9. Nebraska is one of 25 programs to have men’s and women’s teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
  • Nebraska played 19 games against postseason qualifiers, including 12 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament (Cincinnati, Creighton, Iowa, Michigan-2, Michigan State, Ohio State-3, UMass and Wisconsin). The Huskers are 3-9 against the NCAA field.
  • The Huskers have topped last year’s win total, marking the 13th time in 14 seasons under a Miles’ coached-team that has matched or exceeded the previous season. The only time it did not happen in Miles tenure was in 2003-04 at North Dakota State.

Miles Named National Coach of the Year
Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles was honored on April 4, as he was named the winner of the 2014 Jim Phelan Award. The second-year Nebraska coach received the award at the Awards Banquet in Dallas. Miles becomes the first Nebraska men’s basketball coach to earn a national coach-of-the-year award.

He is the second Big Ten coach to receive the honor, joining Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan in 2008. The award has been presented annually since 2003, and other past honorees include Dana Altman, John Calipari, Tony Bennett and Mike Brey.

Miles was chosen from a stellar group of 15 finalists which included Billy Donovan (Florida), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Sean Miller (Arizona), John Beilein (Michigan) and Greg McDermott (Creighton).

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award,” Miles said after the banquet. “It was an honor to be a finalist with some of the great coaches around the country. Hopefully it is a sign that people around the country are taking notice of what we are doing at Nebraska.” 

“It is really an award for our whole program,” Miles said. “Not only for our players and coaches, but all of the staff members who work behind the scenes every day to help us build Husker basketball.”

Miles turned around the fortunes of the Husker basketball program, as he guided Nebraska to a 19-13 record and the school’s first NCAA appearance since 1998. The Big Ten Coach of the Year by the conference coaches, Miles led the Huskers to an 11-7 Big Ten mark after the Huskers were picked 12th in the preseason poll. Nebraska’s fourth-place finish was its best finish since 1998, while the 11 conference wins were the program’s highest conference win total since the 1965-66 season. After a 1-5 start in conference action, Nebraska won 10 of its final 12 Big Ten games, including wins at No. 9 Michigan State and No. 9 Wisconsin, the first time since 1994 that NU knocked off a pair of top-10 teams in the same season.

The Jim Phelan Award is presented to the nation’s top Division I coach. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan, who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary’s University. When he retired, he amassed 830 wins during his 49-year coaching career.

Three Huskers Honored by Big Ten
A trio of Huskers were honored on March 10, as the Big Ten released its 2014 All-Big Ten Basketball teams. Sophomores Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields were All-Big Ten selections by both the coaches and media panel, while Tim Miles was chosen as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches.

Miles was chosen by the conference coaches as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Huskers to their best conference finish since 1998. In his second season at the helm of the Husker program, he guided Nebraska to a 19-13 record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten standings. The Huskers, who were picked 12th by the media in the preseason, opened conference play with a 1-5 mark, but closed with a flourish, winning 10 of their final 12 conference games including a pair of wins over top-10 teams (Wisconsin and at Michigan State). The 11 conference wins marked NU’s highest total since 1965-66 and only the second time since World War II that NU won at least 11 conference games in a year. Miles is the fourth Husker coach to win conference coach of the year and the first since Danny Nee in 1990-91.

Petteway became the first Husker to be named first-team All-Big Ten, as he was selected to both first teams. It also marks the first time since 2008 for a Husker to be a first-team all-conference pick (Aleks Maric), while Petteway is the first NU player since Venson Hamilton in 1999 chosen by the coaches as a first-team honoree.

A sophomore guard/forward from Galveston, Texas, Petteway averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in Big Ten action, while pacing the Huskers in both scoring and assists (37). He became the first NU player since Andre Smith in 1980-81 to lead a conference in scoring average and only the fifth Husker player in a century to accomplish the feat. He also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in rebounds (5.1, 20th), free throw percentage (.788, 12th), 3-pointers per game (1.6, 12th) and blocked shots (0.9, 12th). Petteway was in double figures in 17 of 18 conference games, including six 20-point performances. He poured in a career-high 35 point effort against Minnesota and punctuated his Big Ten season with a 26-point, 10-rebound masterpiece against ninth-ranked Wisconsin.

Shields, a sophomore wing from Olathe, Kan., was selected as an honorable-mention choice by both the coaches and the media, as he averaged 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in Big Ten action. Shields ranked among the conference leaders in both scoring (14th) and rebounding (11th). He was in double figures 11 times in Big Ten action, including a career-high 33-point effort against Illinois, when he tied Nebraska’s school record by going 15-of-15 from the foul line. Shields stepped up in NU’s biggest wins, totaling 26 points against No. 9 Wisconsin and 18 points in NU’s win over No. 17 Ohio State. Shields also added a team-high two double-doubles in Big Ten play (vs. Purdue and Northwestern) and had three games with at least 10 rebounds. Shields was also Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award Nominee for his efforts in the community.

Defense Keyed Second-Half Improvement
With a roster featuring so many newcomers, it is only natural for the defense to get better as players got more accustomed to each other. Nebraska’s second-half surge has been primarily based on defensive improvement. The Huskers entered Big Ten play 12th in field goal defense and eighth in scoring defense, but dramatically improved during conference action.

Over the last 16 games, NU held 10 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field, including eight straight foes in one stretch. The eight consecutive foes under 40 percent was the longest streak by a Husker defense in at least four decades. The Huskers finished Big Ten play second in conference games in field goal percentage (.415) and third in scoring defense (63.4).

Petteway Enjoys Historic Season
Terrran Petteway has come from obscurity to being a first-team All-Big Ten performer. The 6-foot-6 wing from Galveston, Texas, comes to Indianapolis leading the Big Ten in scoring at 18.1 points per game while adding 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.

  • Petteway became the first player to earn unanimous first-team all-conference honors since Venson Hamilton in 1999, and also earned first-team all-district honors by the NABC (coaches) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (writers).
  • Petteway finished Big Ten play as the conference scoring leader, averaging 18.6 points per game. He became the fifth Husker in the last century to lead a conference in scoring in conference games and first since former Big Eight Player of the Year Andre Smith in 1980-81.
  • He also led the conference at 18.1 points per game in all games and became the first Husker since 1950 (first year the Big Seven Conference kept records) to ever lead the league in scoring for all games. In fact, only three Huskers have ranked in the top-three in conference scoring over the last four decades and none since Tyronn Lue in 1997-98.
  • He enjoyed one of the highest scoring sophomore seasons in school history. At 18.1 points per game, it was the highest by a Husker sophomore since Tyronn Lue averaged 18.8 points per game in 1996-97. In fact, only three players have averaged more than 16 points per game as a sophomore - Dave Hoppen (19.9), Lue and Jerry Fort (18.0).
  • Petteway finished seventh on Nebraska’s single-season scoring list with 579 points, as only Dave Hoppen, Tyronn Lue, Eric Piatkowski, and Andre Smith have scored more points in a season. He also dinished second on the Huskers’ single-season free throw list with 167.
  • He has raised his scoring average nearly 15 points from his true freshman year at Texas Tech (3.3), as his career high entering this season was a 13-point effort against DePaul.
  • Petteway and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne are the only players in the Big Ten over the last two seasons with multiple 30-point games. Only 10 Big Ten players have had multiple 30-point games in a season since 2009-10.
  • He’s reached double figures in 30 of 32 games, including 17 of 18 Big Ten contests, after just having one double-figure effort prior to this season. The only time he was held out of double figures in Big Ten play was a five-point effort at Michigan on Feb. 5.
  • He had 12 20-point games, including six in Big Ten action, to finish third in the conference. His most recent 20-point effort came in the Big Ten quarterfinal loss to No. 24 Ohio State on March 14.
  • Petteway put together the finest game of his career in the win over Minnesota on Jan. 26 with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-15 shooting and six rebounds. Petteway hit four 3-pointers in the win and went 11-of-14 from the foul line. It is the highest scoring performance in conference action this year.
  • He led Nebraska to an upset win at No. 9 Michigan State with 23 points, including 16 in the second half, and five rebounds. It was NU's first win over a top-10 team since 1997.
  • Petteway posted his second double-double in the upset win over No. 9 Wisconsin on March 9, scoring 26 points, including 11 of 14 from the foul line and adding 10 rebounds in the 77-68 victory.
  • Finished sixth in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 81.9 percent after shooting just 46 percent from the line during his lone season at Texas Tech.
  • Recorded his first career double-double at Iowa on Dec. 31, leading all scorers with 20 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds.
  • Led the Huskers at the Charleston Classic in November, averaging 22 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in three games, including a 30-point game against UMass.
  • Put together his first 30-point game of the season in a 96-91 loss to UMass at the Charleston Classic, and is now only one of 13 players in school history with multiple 30-point games at Nebraska.

Shields Keys Huskers Success
Shavon Shields is on his way to creating an impressive resume in his own right. While his father, Will, is one of the greatest linemen in college and NFL history and a three-time NFL Hall of Fame finalist, the younger Shields has played an integral role over the last two years on the court for the Huskers. As a freshman, Shavon overcame an early season elbow injury and averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 29 games.

  • In 2013-14, Shields started all 32 games and is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, as he leads the Huskers in rebounding and is second in scoring.
  • Shields played some of his best basketball since moving to his national wing position, averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field over NU’s last 12 contests. The Huskers went 8-4 over that stretch.
  • A team tri-captain, he has started Nebraska’s last 51 games dating back to his freshman year.
  • Shields earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for his efforts during the last week of the season, averaging 21.5 points per game in wins over Indiana and Wisconsin.
  • He posted his fourth 20-point effort of the year against the No. 9 Badgers, hitting 10-of-16 shots from the floor while going 6-of-7 from the foul line in the 77-68 win.
  • Shields shined in the win at Indiana on March 5, leading the team with 17 points and eight rebounds, as Nebraska picked up its first-ever season sweep against the Hoosiers.
  • He has put together two double-doubles down the stretch, a 17-point, 10-rebound performance against Northwestern March 1 and 18 points and 10 boards against Purdue on Feb. 23.
  • His best offensive effort came against Illinois on Feb. 12, when he scored a career-high 33 points, hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field and all 15 of his free throws. Shields tied Nebraska’s single-game record for free throws without a miss and became only the 11th Big Ten player to hit at least 15 free throws without a miss and the first since 1997.
  • He keyed Nebraska to a win over No. 17 Ohio State on Jan. 20 when he scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
  • He has been in double figures 21 times, and has grabbed at least six rebounds 18 times, including a season-high 10 rebounds on three occasions (at Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern).
  • Shields has paced the Huskers in scoring nine times and has four 20-point efforts, all coming against 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Florida Gulf Coast, Creighton, Illinois and Wisconsin).
  • He was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Lute Olson National Player of the Week for his effort against Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast in the season opener. In that game he scored a game-high 28 points - one off his career high - hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field and a perfect 12-of-12 from the line. The 6-foot-7 forward also led NU in rebounds (six) and assists (three).
  • Last summer, Shields played for the Denmark U-20 National Team, leading the country to the 2013 Nordic Cup Championship. He averaged 13.3 points per game in wins over Sweden, Finland and Estonia, capping the tournament with a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in a 101-94 double overtime win over Estonia.
  • Off the court, Shields is a microbiology major who wants to become a doctor following his basketball career. He was named first-team Academic All-District VII on Jan. 31, as he carries a 3.77 GPA in microbiology.

Pitchford Provides Scoring Punch
Another one of Nebraska’s transfers, sophomore Walter Pitchford has developed into a consistent scoring option for the Huskers. The 6-foot-10 forward began his career at Florida, where he was a reserve on the Gators’ Elite Eight squad in 2011-12. This year, he has taken advantage of the new surroundings and has been productive, averaging 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. One of the Huskers’ best athletes with a 42-inch vertical leap, Pitchford is also one of the Huskers’ top 3-point shooters at 41 percent on the season.

  • Played some of his best basketball of the season over the Huskers’ second-half surge, averaging 11.0 points per game on 53 percent shooting over the last 14 games. Pitchford has been in double figures 11 times in that stretch and has set season highs in points on two occasions, most recently at Michigan State on Feb. 16.
  • Performed well in NU’s win over No. 9 Wisconsin with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and five rebounds in the 77-68 win.
  • Sparked Nebraska’s win at Indiana with 17 points and nine rebounds, as he scored the Huskers’ first nine points and then delivered a 3-pointer with 1:55 left to give Nebraska a four-point cushion.
  • Nearly had a double-double against Northwestern on March 1, finishing with 10 points and nine boards.
  • Enjoyed a successful homecoming at Michigan State on Feb. 16, totaling a career-high 18 points, including a season-high four 3-pointers, along with five rebounds and two steals in Nebraska's win over the No. 9 Spartans.
  • Reached double figures in scoring 16 times this year, including a then-career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the four-point win over Northwestern on Feb. 8. In that game, he scored 13 second-half points, including five straight points after the Wildcats cut an eight-point lead to 44-all in the final four minutes.
  • Shined in the Big Ten opener at Iowa on Dec. 31, finishing with 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Pitchford also had eight offensive rebounds and helped NU cut a 20-point deficit to five in the second half.
  • Posted his first career double-double against Arkansas State on Dec. 14 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Totaled an incredible 339:23 without a turnover dating back to his time at Florida before his first turnover on Jan. 9. The streak lasted 22 games dating back to his freshman year at Florida, as he was the last regular rotation player in the country without a turnover.

Finding Offensive Pace
Despite having a revamped lineup from 2012-13, the Huskers have been more proficient offensively, averaging nearly nine points more per game than in 2012-13.

  • Last year, NU was 12th in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 58.3 points per game. This season, NU was held under 60 points just eight times.
  • The Huskers’ tempo has vastly increased, as Nebraska was over 300th in adjusted tempo in each of the last three seasons and improved to 171st this season.
  • Nebraska’s 8.5 points per game improvement over last season is the Huskers’ largest scoring increase since the mid-1960s. Only five Husker teams since 1948 have had a seven-point scoring jump from one season to the next.
  • Nebraska’s 82 points against Minnesota on Jan. 26 marked the most points by the Huskers in a conference game since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.
  • Nebraska scored 80 or more points in consecutive games against South Carolina State and UMass, the first time that has happened since the 2008-09 season.
  • Nebraska has had nine players reach double figures at least once this season. The Huskers had three games where five players reached double figures and seven others with four double-figure scorers.
  • In two seasons under Miles, Nebraska is 26-9 when scoring over 60 points.

Record-Breaking Attendance
The move to Pinnacle Bank Arena has been a boon to Nebraska basketball, as the Husker program shattered season-ticket records in 2013-14. On May 3, all of the season tickets allotted for 2013-14 had been accounted for, as season-ticket sales were up nearly 95 percent from 2012-13. It marked the third straight season that tickets sales were up.

  • Nebraska established a school record for average attendance with 15,419 fans per game, breaking the previous mark of 13,357 set in 1992-93.
  • Nebraska ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. In all, seven of the top 17 nationally in average attendance are in the Big Ten.
  • Nebraska averaged 5,067 more fans per game than in 2012-13, the largest single-season increase in college basketball over the last five years. In fact, only four schools have increased their attendance by more than 3,000 fans per game in a single season, led by BYU in 2010-11 (4,685 per game increase).
  • The Huskers sold over 14,000 season tickets for its first season in the building, including 1,650 student tickets. The previous school record for season ticket sales was 12,000 set in 1992-93.
  • The Huskers rewarded the fans by going 15-1 in the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena, its best home mark since the 1982-83 campaign.


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