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Notes and Quotes vs. North Texas

By NU Athletic Communications

Postgame Notes:
*-Nebraska’s 52-point first half was the most since scoring 53 vs. Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 22, 2015. It marked just the third time under Coach Miles that the Huskers have scored 50 or more points in a first-half (Arkansas State, 2013-14). 
*-Nebraska totaled nine blocked shots, matching its highest total under Tim Miles. 
*-Isaac Copeland’s four blocked shots are a collegiate career high. He had three blocked shots three times while at Georgetown, most recently on March 3, 2015 against Butler).
*-In the first half, Nebraska had nine players crack the scoring column and played 12 players, including the debuts of Nana Akenten and Thorir Thorbjarnarson.
*-Nebraska had an 18-0 run in the first half, and led 25-2 in the first 8:08 of the contest. In the previous meeting in 2006-07, Nebraska raced out to an 18-2 lead and also won by 19 points. 
*-Nebraska placed five players in double figures for the first time since March 3, 2017 at Minnesota. 
*-Nebraska got to the foul line 45 times, the most since going to the line 48 times against Penn State on Feb. 20, 2014. Nebraska shot 75 percent on Monday after shooting just 59 percent from the line in the opener.

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles
On tonight's performance

"I thought we were locked in. I thought that we've learned from our previous start where we didn't share the ball and didn't guard the ball. We had two goals tonight; pass the ball, guard the ball. I thought we did that well for a long time. We jumped way out on them, and Grant's (McCasland) a very good coach so he's not going to let you get far away from them. You know, when you're up that early, there's always kind of impending okay here we go. I thought even until their center hit two threes and then a couple of our freshman gave up two threes, otherwise we played really solid, 32 possessions of defense."

On if the team was able to get into a flow in the second half
"It's tough. What I look for are did we take the right kind of shots. Did we make the right decisions to get us the right kind of shots. We hadn't repped out any zone attack in about four or five days because we knew Eastern Illinois was not going to play any. Now Grant hadn't showed any or much, but being at Baylor I knew that that might come out so we talked about it yesterday and today, but we couldn't do much yesterday or today. I also kind of wanted them to see what we could discover. Who's going to get into the gaps. The 1-1-3 is a little different from the traditional 2-3 so we hadn't had any reps against that. You almost have to attack that differently and I probably would've in retrospect have a different kind of man attack that we can run against man or zone. We ran it a few possessions. We didn't want to run many specials just because I thought we were in a good spot and you just let those guys figure it out sometimes. It didn't make for beautiful basketball, unfortunately. But I really like their mindset to start the game. They never really let the game get back tight at all."

On Isaac Copeland’s Impact
"I think that in time that he'll shoot the ball better. I don't expect him to struggle like that. He was critical in a bunch of rebounding and block shots. He's a facilitator too. He's a good passer. We can put him in some other positions to help him that way."

Junior guard James Palmer Jr
On what was different about this game
“I think this game we focused on coming out strong. The last two games (the exhibition and home opener) we started out a little sluggish. I mean we started out good, but then we didn’t finish out the first half strong but today we finished the first half strong.”

Junior forward Jack McVeigh
On the difference between the first and second halves
“They went into the zone [in the second half], and we didn’t attack that as aggressively as we did the first half and then our defense slipped a little, our on-ball defense.

Junior guard Glynn Watson Jr.
On the impact of starting out strong

“I think everybody came out to play hard and didn’t think about making shots or anything, that took care of itself. So, I think that was the main key tonight-just coming out and playing hard.”

North Texas Coach Grant McCasland
On being down 25-2 early on: 
“Give Nebraska credit because early they bullied us and beat us up on the glass and physically took us out of what we were trying to do, and we panicked a little bit. We’ll get better from it.”

On whether or not he was surprised that North Texas had one more field goal than Nebraska in a 19-point game: 
“I think what you expect on the road in a Big Ten type atmosphere is you better do a great job guarding without fouling. That’s just what it boils down to. You’re playing on the road, and you foul, and you get them to the foul line early, you can’t win. Doesn’t even matter how many field goals you get.  I’m proud of how we at least competed down the stretch. We’ll look back on this with some disappointment I think later on in the year.”

On learning from the experience of facing Big Ten size:
“I think one thing is you try to prepare them for the fact that you get in the paint, you think you have a good angle around but then there’s a lot better length and you better learn to be aggressive but make the simple play for your teammate. As much as you try to prepare them for that, you get in the game and you still feel like you can maybe get the angle and get it up, and then it gets blocked or deflected, and they’re off to the races. I could count probably twenty times where that happened. We just got too deep in the paint and didn’t make a simple play for our teammates. And that comes with maturity.”


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