The Huskers (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) celebrated at midcourt Tuesday night with a raucous crowd after capping a 78-68 upset win over No. 14 Minnesota (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten).
Head coach Tim Miles, guard Glynn Watson Jr., forward Isaac Copeland and center Duby Okeke had some thoughts following the win.
Copeland on Watson's 29-point outburst:
"He was very good. I'm mad at him for not getting 30 points, and now you know he had nine rebounds, so I'm mad at him for not getting that last rebound too, so we'll work on it, but he had a good job, a good game, and we really rolled to the win tonight and he carried us."
Miles on his team having swagger tonight:
“Well first of all, the crowd was amazing. I think that everybody in there dressed in the candy stripe was tremendous. They were so loud, there was such a great energy there. Pinnacle, I’ve never dreamt they could be like that when I was coaching all these places. I’ve been to some really cool places where it gets loud and obnoxious, but Pinnacle has really got a great vibe and the guys fed off that. There’s no doubt. That was the first time it’s been like that this season and I think that helped. I also think that they weren’t happy with the way they played against Michigan State. They want to prove that they’re better than that.”
Watson on if this performance can be the norm moving forward:
"Yes, I feel like this is our team. When guys share the ball and get each other open, make it easier, and just playing defense, I mean that's got to be one of our main things also. So we keep doing that, there's not going to be too many teams that can beat us."
Miles on if there's been a different approach to defending home court this season:
“We just keep talking about it. I’ve said I can’t believe we don’t have a better home court advantage. We have too many great fans and such a great situation, it’s ridiculous that we are giving up all these home games. So tonight, I don’t know what our record is, but I know we haven’t lost. I know the next one we have here we expect to win, and that’s saying a lot. Especially against that kind of an opponent, but that’s the mentality and there’s no second thoughts.”
Okeke on the defense:
"Defense is the main key. We have all the capabilities but we just need everybody locked in, and that's just like a mental thing because we have the talent. This is probably the most talented team I've ever been a part of, so it's just coming ready to play, coming ready to be in a stance, and the energy kind of travels, so guys coming ready to play, and we'll be fine."
Miles on how to get a similar performance out of his guys against Creighton on Saturday:
“We have no choice. I mean, Creighton hung 111 tonight, so we've got to figure out how to defend that action, too.”
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino on preparing for the Huskers:
“You know they played two true road games. Not a lot of people play great at Michigan State so I threw that one out the window, and then I thought at St. John’s they weren’t really in sync, but you know you go down to those old tournaments, those three-game deals, sometimes they are just tough. So I think that they are a much-improved team, a talented team. It’s always tough to win here and once those transfers figure it out, and they’ve got a terrific one in Glynn Watson Jr., I like their team. I think they are going to be difficult to play."
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.