Nebraska head men's basketball coach Tim Miles has released a statement that the Nerbasketball season has come to an end:
"After talking with the team and our administration, we were all in agreement that the 2016 Nebraska Basketball season should end in Indianapolis," Miles said. "There were some attractive opportunities, but the season has been long, considering we started practices in late July for our trip to Spain, and missing additional class time isn't in the best interest of our student-athletes."
Not only is there no postseason for a team that could have been the most exciting men's basketball team to watch in years, but the careers of seniors Shavon Shields and Benny Parker have come to an end.
That sucks. Shields was prolific and a leader while Parker was the meaning of tenacious.
Parker played in every game over the last four seasons and finished his career on NU’s top-10 list in both games played (130, second) and steals (137, ninth).
Not only was Parker second, but he only needed one more game to tie the career games record. ArrgghhhH!!!!
Shields finished his career in fifth place on NU’s career scoring list with 1,630 points, while ranking in the top-10 in career starts (111, t-second), field goals made (563, eighth) and free throws made (429, fourth).
Shields was also Nebraska's first academic All-American in men's basketball.
So, to Parker and Shields, raise a beer or six.
They will be missed. You can raise another beer or six to the idea that maybe the foundation they laid will bear the fruit of success for years to come.