Nebraska Postgame vs. Nicholls State
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles
“I have one regret today. That with 7:47 left in the under-eight timeout, I said it’s just like Jacksonville State. Let’s go show them what we’ve got. I shouldn’t have said that.”
On what he should’ve said
“Anything but that, I have a feeling. Late in the game you are supposed to say ‘complete passes,’ not ‘don’t turn the ball over.’ They hear turn the ball over. They don’t hear the 'don’t' part. I don’t know what I should’ve said, but not that.”
On the team’s effort today
“I had an issue with mentality, with aggressiveness and confidence. I think when you get punched, you just kind of freeze up, and I think that’s what happened. As a coach, that doesn’t matter. For instance, in the last minute and a half, you didn’t have to run an offense. You just had to complete the first pass and hope that those seven-of-eight free throws you just missed flips the other way for you, which it did. You’ve got to get those guys in a competitive mode and they have to build confidence. I don’t think we did that today and that’s what’s disappointing about the effort.”
On if that’s why Nicholls State was scoring at ease inside in the second half
“I asked the guys afterwards and said ‘you tell me.’ I’m only such a so-so mind reader. What did you feel? And Brandon Ubel said ‘I thought we mentally relaxed. I thought once we got ahead, we just (coasted).’ And every position has to matter to you. These kids nowadays with AAU are a part of a larger societal problem. They play so many games. When I was a kid, if you missed a practice or a game, that crushed you and broke your heart. That’s not the case anymore. Now we’re playing games all the time from whatever game on. Life’s just a big game. That’s not what it’s really about. Truly, every possession has to matter to you. When things get tight, you have to eliminate fear, worry and doubt. I don’t think we did that in any way, shape or form.”
On the team’s mentality heading to Ohio State
“We’re the underdog, so we’ve got nothing to lose. Let’s go figure it out and try to win the game.”
Senior Forward Brandon Ubel
On if this game had similarities to Jacksonville State
“Yeah, way too many—and to a similar extent, Central Michigan. I don’t know if you guys saw that one or listened to it, but we got up big and then let them back in. I don’t know what happens mentally for us, but we just kind of relax. I’m not sure why. We’ve got to get that fixed and we’ve got to put together 40 minutes, because things are about to get real here in about three days."
On what, besides relaxing, went wrong defensively in the second half
“That has something to do with it. We just weren’t moving as quickly in our rotations. We weren’t filling gaps, so guys just saw open lanes to drive and then we were getting beat one-on-one. It takes five guys to guard the ball, and we were trying to do it with one guy, and that one guy was getting beat. We all need to do a better job of playing 40 minutes of defense together.”
On what NU needs to do as they open conference play
“We just need to put together 40 minutes. I mean, we did it—we’ve done that this season. We played well against Wake Forest, USC early on, we were getting better and better, and then we just got some big leads lately and tended to relax. Maybe what we need is a close game, maybe that will help us out. Seriously though, we need to put together 40 minutes; we get up ten or down ten, but the game’s not over. You just kind of have to have that mentality.”
Nicholls State Head Coach J.P. Piper
“I guess we are road weary. We just did not have it in the first half, no pop, no zip, and I think we started 1-10 or 1-11 in the first half. I didn’t think Fred (Hunter) got off to a good start. He didn’t have enough energy, so we sent a little message to Freddy and sat him on the stool and let him figure out how hard he wanted to play. I just told the team that if we can figure out how to do what we did for 20 minutes in the second half… I think we win more games than we lose.”
On halftime adjustments
“We didn’t change anything at halftime for the approach to the game, which was how hard are we going to play? The game plan stayed the same, the adjustments were to play harder, and be more determined to take the ball to the whole.”
*-Nebraska closed non-conference play with a 9-4 record, including a 7-2 mark at home.
*-Nebraska committed a season-low seven turnovers (previous season low was eight at Wake Forest). NU has committed 10 turnovers or less four times in 2012-13.
*-Nebraska has now held seven of its 12 opponents to under 60 points, and is 6-1 when holding foes to 60 points or less.
*-Brandon Ubel set career highs in free throws made (10) and attempted (11), as he finished with 18 points, his highest output since the season opener. It is the second-highest total of his career
*-Nebraska placed four players in double figures, matching a season high. NU is 7-0 when getting at least three players in double figures.
*-Nebraska set season highs in free throws (20) and attempts (33), but shot 60.6 percent from the line. It is NU’s second-lowest FT percentage of the season (min. 10 att.). NU shot 57.9 percent against Tulane.
*-David Rivers finished with 12 points, the second time this season he has finished in double figures.