Created: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:54:00 CST
Updated: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:49:31 CST
In football you always hear coaches preach in one form or another, play for 60 minutes.
In basketball ...it's compete for 40 minutes.
Last night against Creighton, Nebraska showed up for 20.
Down 51 to 25 at the break
Big Red ...actually outscored the Jays 42–31 in the second half
But when you're down that large ...it's not quite enough
Tim Miles ...points to a poor week of practice
For one of the reasons ...his team failed to compete against one of the newest members of the big east
"I look in the mirror on that. Did we complicate the game plan to a point where we couldn't free them up to just play. That's the first thing you think when guys aren't aggressive in practice. When you don't have good practices you don't always feel like you have a huge amount of confidence going into the game."
"That's just an excuse. This was a big game. We needed to be ready to play and they came out and out executed us and outplayed us."
"That's what we practice for. That's how we want to start every game. But everything was clicking. We got some stops, that got our confidence going. We kept making our shots and we were just on a roll there and we got to be able to put something like that together for 40 minutes."
In that second stanza ...the Huskers showed plenty more fight ...both on the court...and well ...on the court
As Grant Gibbs and Terran petteway got tangled up diving for a loose ball
Exchanged pleasnatries ...and got after it
Leading to flagrant 2 fouls and ejections
For both players
Terran was, I mean the kid was tore up in the locker room. First thing he does is apologize to his teammates for his conduct. Because it is really important to be a Husker and represent the right way and that was unfortunate."