Both Nebraska and Minnesota would be short one man as the Golden Gophers traveled to Lincoln. Minnesota’s Andre Hollins wore a boot following an injury sustained during his team’s victory over No. 9 Wisconsin. On the other sideline, the Huskers’ Deverell Biggs wouldn’t see the court for what was cited as “personal reasons”.
January wind chills have likely been as tolerable to Tim Miles‘ as his roster’s conference performance thus far. Thankfully, there would be no heartbreak and little sluggishness as the Big Red took down Goldy and company 82-78.
Terran Petteway led the charge for Nebraska in front of the second-largest crowd in school history, scoring 35 points (the most by a Husker in their new arena). Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields added double-digit scoring outputs as well with 13 and 10 points, respectively helping to keep the Huskers’ home court rocking.
The only force that kept the Gophers from getting run out of the building was Malik Smith, who was 8-12 from beyond the arc bringing his scoring total to 29 (the most any opposing player has scored in Nebraska’s new arena).
While Pettaway was impressive, Nebraska’s work from start to finish had the look of a team more prepared for Big 10 play. Miles’ team has often struggled with consistency this season, and while their work Sunday wasn’t flawless, it was a step in the right direction.
Minnesota won’t get an opportunity for revenge during the regular season, but the Huskers have more pressing matters. Big 10 teams have taken notice that scoring a win in “The Bank” has become. Indiana will try to succeed where Ohio State failed on Jan. 20, giving Miles a second signature win.
Hopefully Biggs’ personal issues will be resolved by Thursday as both a full roster and another rocking crowd will likely be necessary to topple another Big 10 team that’s no slouch.