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January 31, 2014

Rival reaction: Nebraska




Full audio of Nebraska postgame comments:

Coach Tim Miles: Windows Media | MP3

Nebraska players: Windows Media | MP3

Partial transcript of press conference:

Nebraska Head Coach, Tim Miles

Opening Statement

"After the last two nights, it would appear that Psalm 37, 'The meek shall inherit the Earth. The first shall be last and the last shall be first', kinda feels like the Big Ten right now, doesn't it? The other line that we always use, of course, is 'If you're going to get down, get down early'."

On what changed between halves

"It was a couple of different things. First of all, Indiana did a very good job of confusing our guys. They went man-zone, within a position they'd go man-zone. Then when we played certain lineups, we wouldn't guard guys. Then they'd face guard other guys, kind of making it look like triangle and two, even though it wasn't triangle and two. Coach Crean really had a great game plan that way. It really kept us off-balance, even getting quality shots. Then we got a couple of shots, Benny got two and Leslie took one. We missed them all. Then they'd bank in two threes. That really affected us. You just can't let those things that are out of your control affect you. I thought then, we were just kind of getting our butts kicked. They were on the attack. We weren't and you're down 32-19. We were lucky it was that close."

On the team's mental toughness

"We're getting better. Here's the thing. We found a way to win tonight. We have to credit them for being able to scratch out a victory when they weren't at their best. I thought that was good. It's one thing just to shoot well and win. It's another thing to go out and scratch out a win. I was proud of the guys that they went out and did that."

On what was said at half time

"I challenged them. I told them I thought that they were tentative and that we couldn't be or else we were going to lose. We were getting killed on the boards, we were turning the ball over, we were standing around. We kind of did that to a lesser degree against Penn State. Now, all of a sudden, all of the problems are solved against Minnesota because we shoot 50 percent or whatever. Then we go back to tonight and we stand around like we don't even realize what sport we're playing. But they figured it out."


Sophomore forward Terran Petteway

On what changed in the second half:

"We really learned to attack more in the second half. If you look at the first half we weren't attacking the way we should have been. They threw a lot of defense at us and we stopped attacking. The second half we kind of got our composure back and started attacking. That's when we went on our run."

On tactics used in the second half:

"We just calmed down really. In the first half we were rushing too much. That's why we got so many turnovers. We were just rushing with everything. Once we calmed down, that's when we got it together and went on our run."

On freshman guard Nathan Hawkins' impact in the game:

"He didn't score that many points, but his presence on the floor really helped us. He did knock down that big three. That was clutch."

On the team's improvement:

"You can definitely see where we are. We came a long way from where we were at the beginning of the year. Tonight, we were down 32-19. At the beginning of the year we probably would've fallen apart. But today we stayed together. We have come a long way."

On the distribution of scoring:

"I just came out here doing the same thing I've been doing all year. Staying within the offense and not taking as many crazy shots. Keep playing ball with the team. That was my main focus. I wasn't worried about scoring 35 points. I was just looking for another win."

On the focus of the second half:

"We really just buckled down and communicated better in the second half then we did in the first half. That's all it really was."

Sophomore guard Shavon Shields

On the second consecutive conference win:

"It's a big step. We just need to keep building, staying with the process and keep staying together. When we came together to make stops and kept it moving, we were pretty good."

On having flashbacks to the Penn State game:

"No, that was a completely different game. We just needed to get on attacking when teams are throwing different defense at us. We haven't been great, and that's something we need to get better at. I think we did that in the second half."

On forcing turnovers:

"Sheehey and Ferrell are great players. That was our main thing coming in. We needed to stop them. In the first half we did a terrible job at that and got killed for turning the ball over. Then in the second half we turned it around."

On the crowd:

"They've been great, especially now that the conference season has started. We really feed off of them. The place gets rocking in here. When we make plays and even on defense, the place just gets louder and louder. And when we get another steal and it gets even louder. I didn't even know it was possible to get that loud. It got super loud tonight. We really feed off of that."

On the team's confidence level:

"It was kind of rough in the beginning but we've stayed with it. Now that we know that we can play with anyone and beat anyone, I mean why not?"



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