Nebraska vs. Indiana
March 6, 2014
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles
Post-Game Quotes

On getting the early lead:

“We like to play from the front. We tell our guys all the time that it’s so important to get on top of things so that when the other team puts together a run, you aren’t panicking. I thought our guys did a good job of that. When Indiana tied the game at 52 we could have gone south, but we didn’t. You could see the look in the player’s eyes. They were all frustrated that they had let the game get to that point, but they weren’t so frustrated that they were going to let go of the situation. Our team played awesome the last eight minutes of the game. When things got stressful, our team got over it quickly.”

On if the game plan changes once they found out that Noah Vonleh would be inactive:

“No. We had a game plan for Vonleh based on what we did the first time against him, but we didn’t adjust once we found out that he wasn’t going to play. Indiana obviously didn’t have as much protection at the rim but I thought they did a good job of attacking the basket. That didn’t really affect us.”

On the team’s shooting from beyond the arc:

“If we can get Ray Gallegos making threes, it will give us so much more versatility. Walter Pitchford can make them too. Coach Crean runs a defense where he will deny three guys with a zone and then really not guard two guys. Those two guys are usually a big and our point guard. That makes it really difficult to get our other guys open to get thees, but at the same time we had enough action to get them good looks. Pritchford was great early scoring his first nine points. He was a really big part of our success early on.”

On winning at Indiana:

“I got chills watching practice tape because of the angle we filmed reminded me of watching games on CBS when I was younger. I got goose bumps thinking, ‘Holy Cow, we are really here.’ That tells you how we feel about Indiana. I tried to stay in the moment and just coach our guys but it means a lot. These guys are very committed to Nebraska basketball. The re-invention of Husker basketball started a couple years ago when we left the Big 12 for the Big Ten, which is the premier basketball conference in the country. When you look at the crowds, the team support, the Hall of Fame coaches, it’s just unbelievable. The second thing that led to the re-invention was the facilities. And lastly, the third thing was great administrative support to go out and bring in the right recruits. Now our kids have a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.”

On the in-season growth of Shavon Shields and Walter Pitchford:

“If you want the pre-game speech it went like this, “Guys, it’s our time. We are going to reap what we have sewn.  We have already done the Andy Dufrane of “Shawshank Redemption.” We’ve crawled through our river. Those days are behind us. That’s not who we are anymore. We are out on the other side so let’s just enjoy this. We are stronger together.’

“We weren’t s strong as we are now before we got humbled. Then we decided that we are going to win with defense. We held Indiana’s shooting percentage to within the 30’s, which is the 9h straight team we have held that way. That’s been our calling card. I will bet you money, even though I would never do that, that if you would ask the players if their calling card would be defense in October, they would laugh at you. This game takes so much trust. Basketball is the only game that has this much transition. Football, my God, they have a whole other team that comes out just to play defense.”