Behind the two man team of Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford, along with one of the best defensive efforts in recent memory, Nebraska went on the road and thoroughly shocked the Michigan State Spartans 60-51 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan on Sunday afternoon in front of 14,797 fans.
Petteway led the Husker (14-10 overall/6-6 B1G) scorers with 23 points and 5 rebounds, with Pitchford adding in 18 points and 2 steals.
Sparty (21-5/10-3) was led by Gary Harris with 18 points and big man Adreian Payne with 11 points. However, Michigan State had better offensive days, only shooting 34% on the day from the field. Even though Nebraska itself only shot 35%, the Huskers shot 40% in the second half, with MSU only going 33% from the field.
Nebraska never trailed in the second half, as they built off of a 32-35 halftime lead and outscored Michigan State by 2 after half.
The 51 points by Michigan State is the lowest output since they had 49 last year versus Wisconsin.
People are taking notice, folks. All over America.
Nebraska is now 6-6 in the Big Ten with road wins at Ohio State and Michigan State. Does that sound like a bubble team to you? Yup. Me too.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 16, 2014
Nebraska has now beaten Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois in the past month. That's a nice run for @CoachMiles.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 16, 2014
Can we all give Tim Miles a standing ovation? Nebraska could be the most improved team in the Big Ten this year. #Nebraska— BT Powerhouse (@BTpowerhouse) February 16, 2014
Nebrasketball's secret is refusing to be self-aware. Lesser editions would have led by 6 late and been like, "for Nebraska!" and lost by 11.— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) February 16, 2014
Izzo says Nebraska played like "junkyard dogs." Praised big shots, walked it and talked it.— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) February 16, 2014
And as for the coaches and players? Well....