Nebraska Postgame Notes
*-Tonight’s crowd of 15,119 is the largest home crowd in school history. The previous high was 15,038 at the Devaney Center against Oklahoma State during the Feb. 7, 1981.
*-Shavon Shields’ 28 points was one off his career high of 29 set at Penn State last year.
*-Nebraska’s 79 points were its highest total in a season-opener since scoring 80 against Longwood in 2005.
*-Nebraska’s win tonight marks the first time it has won a debut at its home facility since an 11-8 win over the Lincoln YMCA at Grant Hall is 1897. NU lost its first-ever games at the NU Coliseum (1926) and Bob Devaney Sports Center.
*-Tonight’s win is Nebraska’s 13th consecutive season opening win and Nebraska improved to 79-39 in season openers.
*-Terran Petteway 17 points was a career high, including his total from Texas Tech. His high point output as a Red Raider was against DePaul in 2011-12.
*-Benny Parker came off the bench for a career-high nine points in 32 minutes. His previous best was eight last season.
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles
On the game
“I thought that our guys were sound defensively. We didn’t turn the ball over and we made some shots. We’d get lucky and bank one in, but then we’d get some good shots and make them. I thought we were just sound. We haven’t always shown that in practice. We probably played better than we practiced consistently, so that was good for us.”
On the atmosphere
“The crowd was great. It was awesome. I’m not sure they made us play more disciplined, but I think that they gave us a lot of energy. I told our guys, ‘Listen, there’s rock and roll stars out there. I don’t know what’s going on, but lights and fire and fireworks. But you are the show tonight. But you’re only the show if you play. You’ve gotta play. You’ve gotta play well. You’ve gotta play great. And you’ve got to do it over and over. Every possession, over and over.’ I think they did it. I think they topped everything old Marc Boehm and his group tried to do.”
On Shavon Shields’ leadership
“I thought Shavon’s voice has been really good for us throughout the summer. His teammates voted him a captain. For a sophomore, that’s not always heard of. He’s got the right voice. When you’re a coach, you hope there’s a coach on the floor. We get a lot of that out of Shavon. It’s really good. When all heck breaks loose, someone’s got to take over and he’s one of those guys that can do it. Plus, he’s an awesome player. He does things really well.”
On what he’ll remember about the game
“I’ll probably just remember the look on their faces as they came back to the huddle. It was like unbridled joy. It was fun. Shavon started hyperventilating. He had to take himself out one time. That’s why I put him back in later. I think that was probably it. And some of the hustle plays that we want to be our brand, so to speak. It was a fun night. But it’s got to happen again on Tuesday. I’m sure we’ll have huge crowds. The exact same crowd, right? We just have to be able to chop wood, do it over and over again. That’ll test us. I think Tuesday is going to be more interesting as far as what we’re about than tonight was.”
Sophomore Forward Shavon Shields
On the game
“It was a great team effort and a great way to start the opening of a new arena.”
On the atmosphere
“We were feeding off the fans and the energy in the place. That kind of catapulted us.”
On Tai Webster
“He did a great job being aggressive, getting to the rim and drawing fouls. He had a couple drives and kicks and drive passes that led to other people getting to the rim, so I think he did a really good job being aggressive and running us in the first half.”
Florida Gulf Coast Coach Joe Dooley Quotes
"We felt that Nebraska came out and got off to a great start. They made some shots and got their confidence going. To tell you the truth, they controlled the game throughout the game. Obviously, I think we are disappointed with some of the things we did. A lot of those things were attributed to what Nebraska did. I think from here it can be a big growing point. I think Tim and his team have done a good job adding some pieces, I think they are going to continue to get better throughout the season. I think we will too. We learned some hard lessons, but this is something we need to grow from."
On Webster's ability to drive to the lane
"Well what they did is do a great job of driving the ball. That was something we talked about, when you have team that averaged five 3-point made field goals a game last season make four of their first six, without Gallegos playing--who led the Big Ten in three point field goals made last year. I thought they did a great job of driving it and getting paint touches. We did a poor job of shrinking the floor, a lot of that was him (Webster) driving as well as Rivers, and Shields did a good job. We put ourselves in harms way quite a bit."
On whether or not he is shocked where FGCU's program is now
"I don't think I am shocked but we have a long way to go. I think that success last year was amazing, but no one cares--Do you think Nebraska cares? They don't care, they showed up and punched us in the head. That is something we have to get used too until we learn how to do some things. Figure some things out, we have to do that."
On the defense coming in, game plan, what he thought, etc.
"The first thing we talked about was not giving up easy baskets. We gave up easy baskets, and we did a pretty good job in the first half of not turning the ball over. We turned it over six times in the first six minutes in the second half. They led to transition baskets, and I think if you look at the field goals or the shot chart, the lay ups we gave up, it was disappointing."
Florida Gulf Coast Guard Jamail Jones
On the atmosphere during the game
"I wouldn't say it affected us during the game, but I mean we definitely got off to a slow start. Offensively and defensively. Coach talked to us about it in practice, some days we will get off to a slow start, but we will have to dig ourselves out of a hole. We dug ourselves into a hole that was too deep to dig out of."