Minnesota won its eighth straight game last night, which meant Nebraska lost its third consecutive game. Jacob Padilla has your recap here.
The loss itself wasn’t a total shock — maybe the 15-point margin was, the Gophers were favored by about eight — but the game continued a troubling trend for Nebraska of having to play uphill. The Huskers never led against the Gophers. The game was tied four times, the last tie coming at 16-16 just over 10 minutes into the first half.
The Huskers were still in it five minutes later, trailing 26-25, but a 14-2 Minnesota run to end the half effectively put the game away. And while Nebraska was never able to take a lead in the 15 minutes it was close in this game, the consistent feeling of the Huskers having to chase their opponent felt plenty familiar.
Familiar enough that I had to go look it up.
Since beating Penn State 82-66 on Valentine’s Day — a game where the Huskers led for 38:54 — Nebraska has played at Ohio State, at Michigan State, Illinois and at Minnesota. How many total minutes do you think the Huskers led in those games? I’ll set the over/under at eight minutes. Place your bets now.
Good news: Everyone is getting their money back. It’s a trick question. A push, and I’m not taking the vig. Nebraska has led for exactly eight minutes over its past four games.
Bad news: Nebraska has led for exactly eight minutes over its past four games, and that includes a win over Ohio State. (The Huskers led for 37 seconds in that game.)
I’ve had a hard time buying that any of the talk about Tim Miles’ job security is coming from any of the people who have a say in the decision, but I understand some fans’ frustration a little better now. It’s one thing to watch your team lose, but another to watch them have to fight uphill for the majority of the last four games.
This tweet, which came relatively early in the game, sums it up pretty well.
Of late, it has been exactly that.
The Grab Bag
- ICYMI: Erin Sorensen previewed Nebraska’s specialists ahead of spring practice.
- Really good read from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune as he embedded with Big Ten basketball officials for two days.
- A former Northwestern basketball player has filed suit against his university and the NCAA that aims to change current transfer rules.
- Art Briles writes in a letter that he did not cover up sexual violence while at Baylor.
Today’s Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.