For years when the score was 41 to 19 it was Nebraska football beating the Gophers, tonight it's basketball.— Mark Rosen (@WCCORosen) January 13, 2016
Minnesota came out strong in zone and lead the Huskers for the first five minutes. The Huskers then made the appropriate adjustments and never looked back and went on a 29-4 run. It was as if all those scoring droughts that plagued the team all year never happened. If you watched Nebraska for the first time last night you would have thought they were positioned well for the post season.
Part of that was solid play from the Huskers. They came out ready as if they knew the rest of the season depended upon the outcome of this game. The other part in this equation was the lackluster play by Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are in a similar situation to Nebraska. They have a talented young group of guys that should be playing better than they are. Injuries and questionable coaching is what is keeping them for rising any higher this season. It will be interesting to see what changes Coach Pitino makes over the next few weeks.
The natives, are getting a little restless...
'My name is Pitino, coach of coaches: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'— Ben Dawson (@BenjaminJDawson) January 13, 2016
With back to back wins, Nebraska secured their position out of the bottom of the conference. If you want to look even deeper, you can see there is a wide gap between the 12th and 13th teams in play. Minnesota and Rutgers couldn't keep up with the Huskers and I doubt they will have much success the rest of the season.
Shavon Shields had a heck of a 100th start. The Senior came out big against the Golden Gophers on Tuesday night. With little problem from the opponents he ended the night with 24 points. 19 of which came in the first half. He also produced 8 rebounds which had him leading the team in both categories.
Following him was Andrew White III who had 15 points and 7 rebounds and was 3 of 6 from behind the arch. Michael Jacobson, Ed Morrow Jr., and Tai Webster all ended the day with 9 points. As a team, Nebraska ended the night shooting 51% from the floor while keeping Minnesota to a low 41%.
Minnesota had decent production from freshman Jordan Murphy with 12 points and 8 rebounds. The rest of the team had a hard time finding the basket all night. Nebraska's defense closed down the pain and the Gophers couldn't get their outside shooting to drop.
Miles pulled the starters with 5 minutes left in the game and that was pretty much the end of the story. It was a great win against another struggling team but wins are wins this time of the year and Nebraska will take whatever it can get. The next five games will really test Nebraska's talent.
It starts this Saturday with the Huskers traveling to Champagne to take on the Illini and then follows with Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, and Maryland. Hopefully the Huskers can pull off a win or two during this tough conference slate.