Nebraska Postgame Notes and Quotes vs. Iowa
Nebraska Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time in school history and is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1975-76 season. It is just the seventh time NU has opened 3-0 in conference play since World War II
*-Nebraska’s 93 points tonight was the most in a conference game since also scoring 93 points against Colorado Jan. 25, 2006.
*-Glynn Watson’s 34-points was a season and career high (previous high was 27 vs. UCLA) and the most by a Husker since Andrew White III had 35 against Penn State last season.
*-Watson’s 34-point effort ties for 16th on NU’s single-game scoring chart. Watson’s seven 3-pointers was a career high and one off Nebraska’s single-game record. Watson’s previous best in 3-pointers was four at Indiana last week.
*-Prior to tonight, the last Husker with seven or more 3-pointers was Ray Gallegos, who also had seven at Iowa on March 9, 2013.
*-Michael Jacobson’s 13 rebounds was a career high topping his previous best of 10 set against South Dakota on Dec. 3
*-Nebraska improves to 61-44 all-time in OT games, as tonight’s double-OT win was NU’s first since a one-point win over Cincinnati during the 2014-15 season.
*-Nebraska is now 5-1 in games decided by three points or less.
*-Tonight’s win snapped a five-game losing streak to Iowa dating back to the 2012-13 season.
*-Nebraska had a season-high 14 steals, the most by a Husker team since recording 15 against Arkansas State on Dec. 12, 2014.
*-Nebraska had 2 20+ scorers for the fourth time this season. NU is 4-0 in those games.
*-With 23 points, Tai Webster has been in double figures in all 15 games this season and 16 straight dating back to last season.
*-Watson has now had three or more steals six times this season.
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles
“I think you have to credit Iowa because for a long time tonight they kind of beat us at our own game - second chance points. Doing a good job on the glass, they just took it to us. [Tyler] Cook, [Cordell] Pemsl, all those guys were really good in there. As the game went on, I thought we got better.”
On the game:
“What a game. It was dramatic. It was controversial I guess. Don’t ask me what happened I don’t know. I’m proud of our guys. I made the mistake - [Assistant Coach] Kenya [Hunter] - reminded me in overtime and reminded the team, in the pregame talk I said, ‘We’re going to win this thing. We are going to out tough them. I don’t care if it takes 40 minutes, 45 minutes, or even 50 minutes, but we’re winning.”
On getting the ready to play again:
“We just watch tape, do our prep. It’s an early start time. We told them this. I always like to set the week for them. It’s interesting. We play there and have this game at 8 p.m. and we turn around and have another game at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday and a couple guys just don’t know. The one thing I learned is, don’t assume anything. I just tell them everything. So I think they’re read. I know it’s a short turn around but we already talked about it too in the locker room.”
On the crowd:
“I thought the crowd was awesome. They were a huge part of us and just hanging in there. They’re so supportive. It was easy for the guys to rally. We want to make this place involved again and we need our fans.”
Nebraska Guard Tai Webster
On a game with so many swings and emotions and going back and forth:
“It’s tough, you know. It seems like a such a blur. The game was so long, I don’t even really remember what happened in the first half or anything. I think it’s a true testament to show that we’re battle tested. We had this tough schedule, and it’s really showing that we’re coming together. I think you’re really seeing the result of us always talking about how we’re the most together group that we’ve had in years. I think it’s really coming through and showing just how together we are.”
On how gassed they were at the end of such a long game:
“I just want to go home, to be honest. I can’t feel my legs, they were cramping the whole second half. I was done in the second half, really. Luckily [Assistant Coach Michael Lewis] is great at getting in my and head and just really challenging me, and luckily we responded."
On whether or not he thinks the team still has something to prove to people despite having a great week last week on top of this win:
“We really just have to go out there and prove to ourselves and everyone else that this is what we do. We sit down and we defend and we play well together.”
Nebraska Guard Glynn Watson Jr.
On what that says about the team’s resolve:
“I knew it would come down to the end. We made some big free throws, missed a lot of free throws, but I just knew we would pull it off. I knew it would be tough, [Head Coach Tim Miles] told us it would be tough and we showed who was the toughest team tonight.”
On whether or not he knew he would have a good offensive game tonight:
“I just came out, tried to be aggressive, executed what we needed to.”
On his instinct for when to pull a three point shot and his success doing so:
“I was being aggressive, felt like I could make it, made a couple threes early so I felt like I could make it.”
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery
On the game being so close:
“There’s a lot of things to talk about and you don’t want to accentuate one thing. You have to talk about all the things that were good and all the things that were not so good and try to get better.”
On guard Isaiah Moss beating himself up:
“That’s a tough situation for that kid (Moss). We’ve been trying to get him to be aggressive and if he’s not aggressive in the first half, were probably down 15 to 17 points. He bails us out in the first half so you got to be careful in how much you go after the kid on the play. It wasn’t the play we wanted, he knows that now.”
On questioning some of the fouls:
“They (the officials) were trying their best to keep it clean and give both teams a chance. It’s a tough game to officiate.”
The message after this game:
“The message is 'to always stay positive'. You win an overtime game on Sunday, you’re sort of ecstatic. It doesn’t mean you played a perfect game. You lose at overtime, it doesn’t mean that everything is a disaster. You have to respect your opponent in both situations and recognize ‘okay, if there’s somethings we could do over we’d do it differently. Make sure when we are in that situation again, we do it better, execute it a bit better at both ends.’ I think that’s the message.”