Heading into halftime in Lincoln, NE., it appeared that the Indiana Hoosiers (13-8, 3-5) would put all the hoopla about Nebraska‘s (11-9, 3-5) home court advantage to rest with a commanding 32-19 lead. The Huskers looked shaken, sloppy and like they needed recently dismissed Deverell Biggs more than they could’ve imagined.
Huskers head coach Tim Miles‘ trademark halftime tweet read, “They banked in those two threes, and we lost our composure and fractured. We have to regroup and bounce back in the first five minutes.”
It’s safe to say that Miles’ message was heard loud and clear.
Nebraska posted a 41-23 second half to knock off the Hoosiers 60-55 and claim its first conference winning streak since the school entered the league in 2011.
Sophomore Terran Petteway is quickly stepping up and being every bit the leader the Big Red need to continue their dominance at home. Biggs seemed to have difficulty with the “team first” mentality, but Nebraska showed no evidence of that against Indiana once it started rolling in the second half.
Earlier this season, the Huskers looked like Big Ten scrubs losing four straight conference games including being embarrassed by then-No. 3 Ohio State and suffering their only loss at home, a one-point tearjerker to Michigan.
Once Ohio State strolled into “The Bank” for a second encounter, something seemed to have clicked for the Big Red. With an eventual defeat of the Buckeyes (and natural storming of the court), Nebrasketball made a statement. Miles and the Cornhusker faithful could be patient, but that would be boring.
The absolute abomination of a loss to Penn State should serve as a reminder of how not to represent the program. It seems like that performance is becoming more the exception than the rule for Miles’ charges.
Since the original five-game conference skid, Nebraska is 3-1 in conference play and travels to Ann Arbor in an attempt to get revenge for their lone home court loss of the season.
It’ll take a mighty effort to knock off Michigan on the road, but you can be sure the Wolverines are glad they’re in friendly confines. Pinnacle Bank Arena is a dangerous place, and the Big Ten has taken notice.