They Said It: Nebrasketball 58
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They Said It: Nebrasketball 58, Ohio State 57

February 19, 2017

Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 58-57 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.

Coach Tim Miles on the team executing at a high level at the end of the game:

“I’d say this guy on my right (Glynn Watson Jr.) had a great deal to do with it. He had been on the bench playing with foul trouble but Glynn is a winner. Glynn is a guy that’s a game changer so we ran a side-out play where he found Jack (McVeigh) for a three and then we got … We had just given up a three. I just knew we were disappointed so just wanted to get that organized and then set ourselves for the rest of the game. The jump ball was huge for us. We had the arrow. We knew we had the arrow so that was a play the guys knew they could make before we fouled. Then coming out, we just tried to put three on the baseline and go middle ball screen and Glynn just read it, got down the lane line and made a really tough finish and got fouled and that’s a big free throw too. You can ask him what he was thinking in the last seven seconds when they called time out and we were up one. I think we were all praying, ‘Not again.’”

On keeping composure:

“We’ve had resolve all year. We’ve come from behind in wins. We’ve hung around in losses. There’s been a couple of times where we are right down there with Iowa and Northwestern on the road and it’s under four minutes and it’s still a good game. UCLA was a good game. Clemson we kind of gave away late. We’ve been involved in a lot of these games. We haven’t always finished, which is why our record is what it is. At the same time, we’re healthier now than we have been with the exception of Isaiah Roby who we could use. These guys have a lot of resolve for freshman and sophomores and Tai (Webster) js a heck of a senior too. I think they just believe in what we do. They believe in the recipe right and they believe in each other. That’s fun to coach. Even when we were losing tonight, there wasn’t a lot of bickering. There wasn’t a lot of bad body language. There was some frustration but it was never at a boiling point that cost us.”

On switching to 1-3-1 defense:

“We had made a run in the first half doing the same thing. We really couldn’t get them under control at all in the first half and then we finally went to a bit of a different offensive set and scored and went right in to our 1-3-1 and you could see it was OK. The guys, once you get a stop or two, start to feel like, ‘Hey, this is going well.’ I was just trying to wait long enough in the game. I like to wait until I think that we’re ready.”

Glynn Watson Jr. on what was going through his head:

“Just try to get to the lane and try to draw the foul or create for my teammates. I had seen the lane. I thought I had the big man beat and finished it, basically.”

On getting the bucket that helped secure the win over Ohio State:

“I mean, it’s a big feeling but it’s the team. The team helped me up because I had four fouls. They were talking to me on the bench telling me to keep my head up so it was a whole team effort. Nick (Fuller) came in and gave us big minutes. It was a big team effort, big win and (we) just came off another big win with Penn State so we’ve just got to keep rolling.”

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