Most of Husker nation was tuned into ESPN Thursday night when John Cook and his squad punched a ticket to the volleyball national championship, including basketball head coach Tim Miles.
“What an exciting match last night,” he said. “I only caught some of it and my blood pressure went up a whole bunch. Congratulations to Coach Cook and his staff playing for a national championship.”
The Huskers beat top-seeded Penn State for the second time on the season, 3-2, to advance to Saturday’s title match. Junior guard Glynn Watson Jr. was watching too, almost the whole match.
“That’s big time to be able to make it to the championship,” he said.
It’s a championship rematch between the Huskers and the Florida Gators that will begin Saturday night at 8 p.m., just one hour after Miles’ squad tips off against 12th-ranked Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
“I’m hoping the first half goes great for us because we’ll be running the rest of their match after our game on the big screen,” Miles said.
Fans will be able to stay inside the arena after the basketball game ends to watch the volleyball game and it figures to be an electric atmosphere all night with marquee games across multiple Husker sports. The Huskers are expecting a sellout crowd for the Kansas game and Miles is hoping some of that volleyball excitement makes its way into basketball.
The Huskers are 7-4 this season, but the offense hasn’t come as easily as you’d hope for. Nebraska is shooting 42 percent from the field and scoring just over 73 points a game (a mark that ranks in the 200s nationally). In other words, it’s been a grind. That lack of big-play excitement might have Miles feeling a little envious of Cook’s squad
“You know what’s fun about volleyball, it’s like everything is a dunk,” he said. “A block feels like a dunk, the kill feels like a dunk and so they get to celebrate those. We get like two a game and they get like 37.”
Miles made sure to open his media availability Friday with a nod to both the volleyball and wrestling teams, so you can be certain he’ll be tuned in late Saturday night when the Huskers go for their fifth national title.
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.