Notable quotes from Nebraska’s (3-1) 92-70 win against North Dakota (2-2) at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Junior forward Isaac Copeland on what the atmosphere was like around the team in the locker room and on the bus after Nebraska’s 79-56 loss at St. John’s on Thursday.
“Quiet… We talked some in the locker room afterwards. That was more out of anger though, not like ‘what can we do going forward?’ … We played soft, and we can’t do that again.”
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland on how the Huskers bounced back after the rough loss to the Red Storm:
"That was big just because this team was similar to St. John’s; they played a lot of guards, they played four guards that all drove to the rim. The fact that we could show that we made improvements on one day of practice already is good for us. Offensively, we knew that it was going to come. We have a lot of talent. It helps to get stops. It helps your offense already so when we get our defense going, our offense is going to come too.”
Coach Tim Miles on his team bouncing back from a rough offensive start to the season:
“Eventually you figure there’s going to be a return to the mean and we’re going to be OK, but at the same time you don’t know. I’m really happy for those two guys [Copeland and senior guard Anton Gill] to bust out and I’m looking forward to other guys getting a better rhythm and our whole operation getting better, especially on offense. I thought we were solid defensively and to hold these guys to 70 is not that easy, especially when they average, what, 48 in the second half the first there games?”
Copeland on his big game (30 points on 12-of-14 shooting):
“I just wanted to be aggressive. To be honest, I’m taking a lot of the same shots. Maybe more at the rim, but a lot of the same shots I’ve been taking. They just happened to fall today.”
Copeland was asked if North Dakota was giving him anything in particular or if he just made it happen.
Gill: “He was taking it.”
Copeland: “Yo, chill out. Chill out.”
Gill, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina just like Copeland is, on Copeland’s performance:
“He’s been doing this his whole life. I’ve known him since… How long now? Forever? He’s been doing this; this is him. This is what we expected.”
Gill on his own performance (16 points on 6-of-9 shooting including 4-of-5 from deep):
"I got cleared right before the season so I just had to get my legs back under me, a lot of fatigue and stuff like that. I think missing those first two games was probably the best thing to happen for me. My legs feel great, I feel bouncy again. Now, I feel like I'm getting back to myself.”
Miles on his team getting in foul trouble for the second straight game, especially junior point guard Glynn Watson Jr.:
“It can be [an issue], and he’s fouled before. We’ve had other games with him in foul trouble. But Glynn is involved in plays, so he’s going to get fouls. I’m not going to address it only from a fact of what can we eliminate? We talked in the first half on turnovers, so Glynn pushes off — he was a little bit tired, he didn’t think of a second option, careless play. We have a layup and Isaiah Roby holds his guy off, foul, turnover, and we missed two points; that’s a triple-header there. We had a moving screen or a three seconds on a layup too. We just have to eliminate those careless ones.”
Miles on getting three days off after playing three games in six days prior to Sunday’s game:
“Catch your breath for a day, and then get back to business. You’ve got such a big stretch after that that you want to be fresh and ready going into that.”
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.