With four ranked opponents (and two of the top three teams in the country) on the schedule over the next four games, Nebraska needed to get a win Wednesday night against Boston College.
The Huskers did just that. Check out what they had to say after the game.
Head coach Tim Miles on maintaining a lead down the stretch:
"[Boston College] ran out of gas a little bit. They had [forward Deontae] Hawkins get hurt during the game and so I think that helped in terms of our efforts. They had some younger guys out there. We were up 11 and I put in kind of a different group. That experiment went awry and then they got it down to two, 59-57, we had eight straight stops. That was important to have that stretch when had our main guys back in."
Forward Isaac Copeland on if the team grew nervous when the game got tight:
"No, I think this year we do a good job of huddling together and really communicating, so we kind of got together and said, 'we've been here before this, let's not let this lead go,' and we pulled it through."
Boston College head coach Jim Christian on his team's defense:
"Inconsistent the first half. I thought the second half we played great defensively. We played hard. I mean we played hard. We had three freshmen running around out there, playing different positions. We tried to ad-lib and teach them the plays as we go, it was a tough game for that, because you know we’re out Hawkins who plays 37 minutes per game, [guard Jordan] Chatman plays 33 minutes per game. If you take any team in the country and take out two 30-plus-minute players, it’s going to be tough. We fought hard, we needed to make a couple more plays."
Guard Evan Taylor on if this was the team's first full game:
"Yeah, we're getting better. This year, we've been putting halves together, but not a full game. Today, they made their runs, but we stayed strong. We never lost the lead, so it's just a sign of growth. Hopefully, we can build on that."
Miles on the offense's play (49 percent from the floor, 47 percent from three):
"We came out early. I thought we really played well. We shared the ball. The guys who had open shots stepped up and made them, like [forward] Jack [McVeigh] and Evan, are really important setting the tone. [Guard] Glynn [Watson Jr.] wasn't feeling well tonight, he was light-headed all night. For him to go out there and get 10 points, six assists, no turnovers was exceptional. I thought the team played well with only nine turnovers."
Taylor on the team's upcoming four-game stretch:
"Who wouldn't want to play against four of the best programs in the country. It's going to be hard, but it's an opportunity to show the world what Nebraska basketball is and to get better. I'm excited, and I know our guys are excited and we hope for the best."
Miles on shooting moving forward:
"When you go out there and shoot better from the three than you do the foul line, you have a problem. We have to make our foul shots. We practice so we should've been extending, but yes it's nice to have a lead and keep the lead and not see it shrivel up. We still have a lot of work to do. It's nice to beat a Power Five school. It's our first we beat this year. I think it's the only one we've played. We have about four more coming that will get our attention too."
Miles on Mike Riley being at the game:
"I kind of wanted to go up and give him a big high-five and a hug. Coach Riley is a first-class guy. I got a call that said ‘hey, do you think you’d have any tickets available on Wednesday?’ I’m like, maybe, you know, it depends. And he said coach Riley and Dee want to come and maybe Billy Devaney and I’m like absolutely. It was really cool. I had talked to him a few times before everything went down and he said ‘I’m going to be around for a while, I hope to see some games.’ I’m happy to see him here. He’s a man of class and grace and dignity so it’s good to have that kind of fan with us."
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.