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The Huskers get a double digit win and their first home B1G win of the season.
When Nebraska started the game 1 for 10 in the first 8 minutes of the game, it looked like it might be a rough night for the home team. However, Northwestern was struggling too, shooting just 30% themselves and could not build a lead of more than 5 points. After a Dylan Talley layup that gave the Huskers a 2 point lead, Nebraska never trailed again. Coach Tim Miles felt the team was in control after that moment:
"Once we got even, I thought then we finally (thought), ‘OK, now we can go,’" Miles said. "I thought we were pretty good from there on out."
Dylan Talley led the Huskers with 20 points, which was his career high for B1G play. He also chipped in 8 rebounds that helped the Huskers out rebound the Wildcats 43-34. Yes you read that correctly, Nebraska actually won the battle on the glass. Brandon Ubel also had another good game which was his best since returning from injury. He had his 4th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. For the Wildcats, they were led by Dave Sobolewski who put in a game-high 21 points. Jared Swopshire had a double-double but outside of that, the Huskers played great defense and held Northwestern to just 32% shooting.
The Huskers should be very happy about this victory over a quality opponent. Overall the team has been playing well and its nice to see them get a good victory. Here is what Tim Miles had to say about that:
"The fact that Northwestern went to Illinois and won and then beat Minnesota, this is a quality win for us," Miles said. "Maybe it shows our guys that if we do it right, if we hang in there, we can do this."
Getting a home victory was also important to Nebraska and you can see that in this quote from leading scorer Dylan Talley:
"It felt good," Talley said of the first Big Ten home win. "We want the fans to leave with a smile on their faces. They could’ve stayed at home after the way we came out flat against Purdue and Illinois. They had every reason to not even come out for this game, but they still came out and we were able to get a win. I’m happy for that."
The Bob did get loud at times and the Huskers will need that continued support as they finish out the season. If the effort stays high, I think the attendance and atmosphere will only get better. There is a lot of optimism about Husker hoops right now. Up next the team takes on Minnesota at 8 p.m. central on Big Ten Network.