Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 70-69 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Tim Miles on Nebraska’s performance against Wisconsin:
“I thought it was a gritty effort by our team. I never questioned their resolve and their heart. We just seemed to do enough to lose. There’s a lot of different factors that go into that tonight, not just a play here or a play there. It’s a big picture thing that we can improve on.”
On Nebraska’s bench:
“I thought they did a lot of things right. I thought Ed (Morrow) was a warrior. Tai (Webster) played his butt off, all those guys. Glynn (Watson) was … You could tell he wasn’t 100 percent. We went to him at the end of regulation and he just didn’t have his burst but he made smart plays and took what the defense gave him and gave us quality minutes but Isaiah Roby was terrific. I thought he showed that promise that we saw in the recruiting. He played so hard and really made a difference in the game. We needed everybody and those bench guys did a great job.”
On what this game means for the team:
“This will not sink us.”
On the crowd:
“I thought our fans were really good. Sometimes in an ugly game where it’s a defensive battle, it’s hard to get into it but they were up. They knew big possessions. We started out really slow but never let Wisconsin get away from us and the crowd really helped in that too. When guys get tired and fans start cheering, you pick up your step a little bit. This was such a tremendous environment for both teams. I know our opponents love playing here … I guess they do. Every time I walk in, I think ‘Alright, we’re going to lock up the vault’ and we’ve had two really tough ones here with Ohio State and Wisconsin but we’re going to keep doing what we do and we’re going to play our butts off and hope our crowd keeps coming out and supporting us because we’re going to need them against Penn State.
Tai Webster on what Nebraska did well against Wisconsin:
“I think just patience on offense. We knew we weren’t going to just going to bring it back instantly and just come down and shoot a lot of 3s. We just have to grind it out and focus on our stops. Wisconsin brings a different style that we don’t really see much of and obviously they’re really good at it and they’re in the position they are for a reason. They play well, they make big plays and they know how to win down the stretch. I just think we showed a lot of grit, especially with our young guys, just sticking with the process.”
Ed Morrow Jr. on playing for the first time since being injured:
“I feel like I could have been more productive but I was a little timid coming out in the game with it being my first game coming back. I was just excited to be out there, some plays that I wish I could take back but at the end of the day, you’ve got to live through them and keep playing. Other than that, I’m doing pretty fine.”
Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes on Nebraska:
“I just think it’s the name on their jersey. A lot of teams have statistics as far as defensive points per game that they allow. I think they were in the high-70s and that goes for a lot of teams but for some reason when we come across them, the defense becomes extraordinary. Again, we’d rather have it that way. We don’t want any easy games or blowouts. We enjoy moments like this. It’s good for bonding and good for seniors packing their you-know-what. We toughed up and got the job done.”
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.