Michigan post: Tim Miles

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles talks about the Huskers tough loss to Michigan.

Tim Miles:

On the final series:
"I have to say I didn't see a lot of it. Everyone was jumping up in front of me. I saw Terran (Petteway) going up, and I thought we had a pretty good tip on it the first time. We tried to run a naked screen and roll action, so that maybe if they doubled Terran that Leslee (Smith) would be open. Or if Terran got a shot up, we'd have a free run at the rim. And I think we got that. I thought the play that really hurt us was when we have an offensive rebound with a minute and a half or whatever it was, and you just don't secure it and (Glenn) Robinson III goes down and dunks it to go up two. That just sticks out there. Our two plays where it seemed like we had everything under control and then they make a play."

On the defense:
"We just ignored it. What can you do? And you say ‘don't worry about it' and whatever. I thought the guys played a pretty good defensive half. I thought Michigan really made a lot of shots. I thought we played good defense, but in the second half, that's a different conversation. That's where I thought we lost some of our defensive discipline. We made some errors. Guys just driving right by us. I didn't push up on (Nik) Stauskas, and late I think they got four straight screen and rolls. We didn't tag it the way we had been earlier. Coach John Beilein had tweaked it a little bit. Those freshmen and sophomores don't always recognize it. So we went zone and I thought the zone kept us around."

On if he'd like an explanation on what happened:
"That's kind of a philosophical discussion. If you want to play golf this summer, we'll think about it then. At this point in time, replay is important. Replay for the right reason is important. To change a call like that is probably hard to do."

On last play decisions:
"You sit there and the first thing I said coming off was, ‘should I have'? Should I have ran it for Deverell Biggs? He had some screen and roll stuff go for him, but Terran was making a whole bunch of plays late after really struggling. I thought we had it naked, which means there should've been no help there so we have a free run at the rim. I didn't see a lot of it. Somebody told me we had a good tip on it and it didn't go. That's all you can ask for. And I believe in all of our guys. One over the other; you are kind of splitting hairs."

On Biggs' performance:
"He made a whole bunch of defensive errors. Guard the ball errors right before that. Right from seven or whatever down to five. Spike Albrecht got around him twice, he didn't help on a three on Stauskas. Tai (Webster) had just been more solid. It just felt like we needed to be solid. We like bigger guards in the zone too. And to be honest, one time he came out in the first half because we'd run two plays for him and then we are running a play for another guy, and he just kind of doesn't initiate the play and kind of does his own thing. I quick hooked him and said, ‘no man. Listen, I'm going to run plenty of stuff for you and run stuff for the other guys. You'll be there.' That's just a patience thing with Deverell. And it's going to come. There's no doubt about it. Right now, I feel that instead of just leaving him out there to just make mistakes, we can't give up possessions, so I'm going to bring him out to talk to him and let him go back out. He could've easily got five, six, seven more minutes without any issues. You really got to play good defense. You can't just get beat consecutively like that. If they feel like they can take advantage of you, you'll be trouble. I thought Deverell was really good when he was in there, and he was doing both. And he'll improve. I don't think there's any question about it. Junior college kids can practice all they want. , but until you get out there in the bright lights, it takes some time to develop. He's going to learn a lot every night out."

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