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CHICAGO — Tim Miles walked into his postgame news conference after Nebraska's loss to Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament and delivered a quote that sums up Husker hoops the past few seasons almost too perfectly.
"Nebraska's never been a basketball powerhouse, and I don't know if they ever will," BTN analyst Andy Katz said. "They'll be a program that, every once in awhile, maybe can get in the NCAA Tournament." Here's hoping Bill Moos doesn't have such ridiculously low expectations for Husker hoops.
CHICAGO — Time ran out.
Earned a top-four finish in the Big Ten for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons. Remarkable consistency. Closed with wins in five of its final six games to hold off Maryland for the final double bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Monday, Ethan Happ became the school's first three-time, first-team all-Big Ten pick and the 13th player in league history to be a three-time, first-team pick.
It remains wild that Ethan Happ, having a historical season by statistical standards, can't be on the court at the end of close games. He broke a string of 11 consecutive missed free throws with a make against Northwestern Saturday. Happ is averaging 17.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. If he maintains those numbers, he would join Ben Simmons as the only college players in the last 20 years with those averages.
Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to create a “Sea of Red.” … After three consecutive double-doubles Ethan Happ now has 47 in his career and is tied with Joe Franklin for the most in program history. Happ has never posted a double-double vs. Michigan State, averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in six career games against the Spartans.
On Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the Nebraska athletics-related message boards/social media world were alive with the buzz of rumors about Moos being on the hot seat. Yes, Tim Miles' boss. On the hot seat. That was the hot rumor. I'm sure this has been a wonderful week for Hank Bounds and Ronnie Green. Just lovely.
Thorir Thorbjarnarson knew he was going to get a shot, and he did his best to make the most of it.