Notable quotes from Nebrasketball’s 70-62 loss to Gardner-Webb.
Head coach Tim Miles on Gardner-Webb:
“First of all, I think you have to commend Gardner-Webb for coming in with a mentality of fearlessness that they were coming here to win. They came in here to kick our butts and they did. Obviously, I can’t think of a word beyond disappointment that I didn’t have our guys ready. We had a practice on Friday and it wasn’t going well and we were at the end of the time. So we went 40 extra minutes and we only got moderately better. We wrapped it up and we had an OK practice yesterday [Saturday].”
On the team’s lack of energy:
“It was the smallest crowd I’ve ever seen at Pinnacle Ban Arena and we told our guys before the game it was going to be. We got bad weather, you’ve got a lot of things going on. We’re going to have to create our own energy. We talked about that and we didn’t. You come out, you don’t get any big play. You don’t make a 3, you don’t get a dunk, you don’t do anything, and that just fed into it.”
On the Huskers’ struggles from 3-point range:
“I’m surprised we are not shooting better at home. There are a few guys that don’t take great 3s. Other than that, I thought there were a few guys that got really good looks too and they just didn’t go in. Confidence is earned, you just got to go out and do it. You can’t wish and hope for it.”
On Michael Jacobson:
“The only guy I’m going to let of the hook is Michael Jacobson. He came out and didn’t look right, I went to put him back in and he says ‘Coach, something is wrong.’ He went out; I think he got sick. He comes back in and says ‘Coach, I can play’ toward the end of the first half.”
On looking back on what he’s done at Nebraska:
“I would have never dreamt in five years this is where we’d be, losing to Gardner-Webb. Not to discredit Gardner-Webb, but we’re not at a state that – we’re not where we should be.”
Gardner-Webb head coach Tim Craft on his overall feelings of the game:
“Just proud of our players to give a great effort on the road, to beat what I feel is a really good team who’s played an unbelievable schedule. I’m proud of our guys, I thought we defended really well other than we got beat on the glass. We got hurt on the class, and Nebraska was terrific on the offensive glass. Other than that, I thought we guarded them well and gave ourselves a chance to win the game. We made enough plays down the stretch to get a win.”
On what defeating Nebraska means for his program:
“It’s a great win for our program, and I think what it does for our players is it validates some of the things that we’ve been talking to them as a coaching staff about and how good they can be if they can play in a stance all the time and defend with max effort all the time. It’s exciting to see them have success against a team in the Big Ten. That’ll validate some of the things we’ve been working on for the last 50 practices.”
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