INDIANAPOLIS — The end result was ugly, but the fact remains that Nebraska basketball — affectionately known as ‘Nebrasketball’ — is enjoying a much-needed makeover.
Nebraska fell 71-67 to Ohio State Friday, but coach Tim Miles and the Cornhuskers remain primed for the program’s first NCAA berth since 1998. Once Nebraska takes the floor in its first NCAA appearance since ‘Saving Private Ryan’ was the top-grossing move in America, the school will be searching for its first NCAA tourney win — ever.
Though the Cornhuskers were considered a good bet to be in the tournament prior to Friday’s game, Miles did some politicking on his team’s behalf at his post-game press conference.
“I think we’re a tournament team. I think we’re a team good enough to win in the tournament,” said Miles, the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year. “I mean, you just look at our body of work — and even, we lost to Illinois who was playing lights-out and just lost to a great Michigan team. And other than that, we haven’t lost many games recently in the past two months.
“I know that early we weren’t the team we are now, but I know they have to consider your full body of work.”
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