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Nebraska vs. Stetson: Postgame Notes and Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Notes:
*-Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 9-4 record, matching its highest non-con win total under Tim Miles (9, 2012-13)
*-Tanner Borchardt set career highs in points (eight), rebounds (10), minutes (14) and blocked shots (2). Entering tonight’s game, Borchardt had just six points in nine appearances this season. His 10 rebounds topped his previous best of three set four other times, while his eight points doubled his personal best output (4 vs. Mississippi Valley State).
*-Nebraska’s nine blocked shots tied a season high, set three other times.
*-Jordy Tshimanga’s 10 rebounds was his highest total since grabbing 10 against UCF on Nov. 23. Tshimanga has now grabbed six-or-more rebounds in the last three games. It marked the fourth time in his career he has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in a game.
*-Tonight marked the second time this season NU had two players with at least 10 rebounds (Borchardt, 10; Tshimanga 10) and first since the season opener against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 11
*-Nebraska’s 52 rebounds was not only a season high (47 vs. North Texas), but the most since grabbing 52 against Southeastern Louisiana during the 2015-16 season.
*-Nebraska’s 24 first-half points allowed is its best defensive total of the season. The previous low was 26 against Delaware State on Dec. 22.

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
Opening Statement:
“In my mind, the underdogs won tonight. You know if you look at this game and you look at the way Stetson played, they out played us. They had better energy. They ran their stuff better. They defended way better, and we were lucky enough to have an underdog in Tanner Borchardt. He really did some great things in a short amount of time that I thought helped steady us, give us a bit of a lead, and gave us a shot with confidence. Sometimes you need that, and he really served that purpose tonight. I thought that it was very timely, of course, with him earning a scholarship last week and then following through with it this week. I was very proud of him.”

On difference of team this year playing against mid-majors this year:
“I think that we have a little more talent, that’s not to dismiss anything we’ve had in the past, but we have a little more scoring even though tonight you look at three of our top guys go 8 for 35. So, that’s a tough night. I still thought we defended alright, we kept them under 30% from 3, but I just think Stetson came in and set the tone. That’s the one thing we talked about is we need to make them adjust to us. They had shown a lot of different things, switching man to man, some matchup zone, and some straight zone too. I think it was a smart move by them to get us standing around a bit.”

On chemistry of the team:
“The guy’s celebrating the whole time too. Jordy and he combined for 14 (points) and 20 (rebounds), and we needed every one of them. I think everyone’s excited about that. We haven’t played our best basketball, we played some good games, but we got a long way to go. I think that’s an encouraging part if you look for any of that. We got a lot of growth ahead of us. I like this team, and I think they like each other, and you can see it in them, the way they celebrate it’s a true celebration on the bench when you know Tanner… they were telling me ‘coach we got to run a play for Tanner so he gets his double-double,’ and I told them that we have to win the game. Tanner will go tip one in and he’ll get his double-double. He almost did that by the way, about two possessions later. They literally are looking out for him like that which is pretty cool.

On shot selection tonight:
“It was okay. I mean between execution and shot selection we had a lot of open shots that we missed, but they kind of do that to you. You need a rhythm shot. High post, kick opposite, penetrate, kick, next pass. If you just keep passing it around the perimeter, I mean how many times we set the record for passes without a shot. About six times. I told them, guys I love the fact that we’re sharing the ball, but all the zone is doing is moving two feet a time, it’s easy for them to catch that. If we don’t punch some gaps and go vertically, we’re in trouble. We practice zone, but it’s different, they played it higher than we did in practice, so we attacked a half-court trap for a bit, so that helped. We got some good things for a while.”

Junior Forward Tanner Brochardt
On his performance tonight
“Whatever coach wants of me, I’m going to do. He told me coming out at halftime that he was going to use me off the bench. It is all those reps and scout team getting me ready for this moment.”

On whether he envisioned a performance like that “You know, I didn’t have anything in mind just like this. What ever coach wants from me, I’m going to give him. Whether that be the third or second spot.”

On Stetson’s 2-3 zone and the switch to the 1-3-1: “Just watching from the bench, it looked like if we got it to high post, we could dump it down pretty easy. But we weren’t doing that in the first half. We were just looking to drive and kick. Like Evan [Taylor] said look to pass and wasn’t scoring. That’s what I saw from the bench, and when they went 1-3-1, it was kind of the same thing. We just had to make some shots that ended up falling towards the end of  the game.”

Senior Guard Evan Taylor
On Tanner Brochardt’s performance: “T [Tanner Brochardt] is probably the reason why we won the game. Big game from him. We’ve been seeing him work since the summer, and we know what he’s capable of. I’m just happy for him. Tonight is his night. He’s the man and he’s the reason why we won the game.”

On Jordy Tshimanga’s 10-reound effort: “Jordy played well too. I think he had six (points) and 10 (rebounds). I think that’s pretty big for our five man to have 20 rebounds combined together. You just have to keep working hard. Your time will come. I just know that Jordy and Tanner will get better each game.”

On Stetson’s zone defense: “I feel like early in the first half, we were overpassing and passing up some shots. I will credit them for this. They were active. They played hard, and they had a game plan. Credit to them. I’m glad we were able to make adjustments down the stretch going forward.”

On defense: “Defense is kind of what we hang our hat on. Coming off of break, we didn’t shot the ball as well as we do at home, but you know it is going to happen sometimes. Every game is different. You can always play defense. I feel as if our defense was consistent throughout the night. There were times were they made runs, but we were able to get stops where we needed them.”

Junior Forward Isaac Copeland
On tonight’s performance “I really didn’t shake it off. I was what? Five for 20? That’s probably the worst set of shots in my career. I really didn’t shake it off. Like Evan [Taylor] has been saying, tonight is about Tanner [Borchardt]. He came off of the bench and gave us energy. That’s why we won tonight’s game. I’m happy we won.”

On his shot selection: “I was very happy with my shot selection. I was mad at myself because those were shots that I make on a daily bases. Mid-range shot. Lay-ups, I missed three or four lay-ups. All left hand. There’s a lot of things that I’m going to go watch by myself and work on by myself. It’s all mental because Big Ten play starts soon, I have to tighten up.”

Stetson Head Coach Corey Williams 
Opening Statement
“I thought we played as good as we could play defensively with a big team, strong team. [Nebraska] can hurt you a lot of ways, but I thought our guys competed not only the first half but the second half as well. At the end we just didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities we got, but credit to Nebraska. Awesome atmosphere, they’ve got a great fan base and I just thought [Nebraska] made a lot of big plays at the end. I felt good about what we did and what we accomplished today. I thought we got better. We just played a better team.”

On his team’s effort 
“[Nebraska] made more baskets. They were able to get to the free-throw line a lot more than we did. I don’t know what the rebound disparity was. First half, we won by one. They ended up winning by seven in the second half. We competed. You’re coming into an atmosphere where you take out the advantage, they’re certainly a very good basketball team. You have to be clicking on all cylinders, and we certainly weren’t doing that. But I love our effort that we gave.”

On their offensive attack
“Defensively they did a good job. They’re length at times bothered us. I just think we could’ve finished some plays at the basket. I thought we had some open shots that went in and it came out. If they would’ve went in, then maybe it’s a different ball game. They certainly stepped up and made big plays. Make more baskets, get to the free-throw line more, that would’ve helped.”

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