As Harvey Sees It: Nebraska/Indiana

Big Red Report breaks down the Huskers' win over Indiana on Thursday night.

Positives:


1.) The comeback… Down 32-19 at halftime, Nebraska used a 23-7 run in the second half to get back into the contest – including a 10-0 run that stretched over three and a half minutes.

"We really learned to attack more in the second half," said Nebraska leading score Terran Petteway. "If you look at the first half we weren't attacking the way we should have been. They threw a lot of defense at us and we stopped attacking. The second half we kind of got our composure back and started attacking. That's when we went on our run."

At one point Nebraska was down by 16 in the contest, making it the second-largest deficit overcome in the Tim Miles era.

"I challenged them. I told them I thought that they were tentative and that we couldn't be or else we were going to lose," said Miles. "We were getting killed on the boards, we were turning the ball over, we were standing around. We kind of did that to a lesser degree against Penn State. Now, all of a sudden, all of the problems are solved against Minnesota because we shoot 50 percent or whatever. Then we go back to tonight and we stand around like we don't even realize what sport we're playing. But they figured it out."

2.) Terran Petteway… Another win, another solid 18 point game from the sophomore transfer. Petteway is third in the Big Ten in scoring and scored 13 points in the second half. When the Huskers needed a bucket, they turned to the co-captain. It's the tenth straight game Petteway has scored 15 points or more.

3.) Nathan Hawkins The true freshman hadn't played in two straight contests, but came up with a big 10 minutes on the floor. His name won't shine in the box score (3 points, 1 rebound, and a foul), but Hawkins played solid defense and knocked down the only shot he took – a three-pointer to tie the game at 46 all.

"He didn't score that many points, but his presence on the floor really helped us," said Petteway. "He did knock down that big three. That was clutch."

Negatives:


1.) The first half offense… The Huskers only managed to score 19 points in the first half, looking lost at times when Indiana switched up their defensive looks.

"Indiana did a very good job of confusing our guys," said Miles. "They went man-zone, within a possession they'd go man-zone. Then when we played certain lineups, we wouldn't guard guys. Then they'd face guard other guys, kind of making it look like triangle and two, even though it wasn't triangle and two. Coach Crean really had a great game plan that way. It really kept us off-balance, even getting quality shots."

Nebraska forward Shavon Shields talked about the adjustments in the second half.

"We just needed to get on attacking when teams are throwing different defense at us," said Shields. "We haven't been great, and that's something we need to get better at. I think we did that in the second half."

2.) Free throw shooting down the stretch… The Huskers shot 74 percent from the charity stripe, but missed four free throws within the final 1:09 of the game.

3.) The assists drop-off… After 19 assists and great ball movement against Minnesota over the weekend, Nebraska's spacing and passing wasn't as crisp on Thursday night – that includes the second half.

BONUS EXTRA POSITIVE


After the contest, Indiana head coach Tom Crean had plenty of nice things to say about the state of Nebraska basketball and Tim Miles.

"(Nebraska Coach Tim Miles) has done a great job. He has done a fantastic job. He has a great staff. They played very hard," said Crean

"It's just a matter of time. This building is spectacular. They've got a lot of things to be excited about and be proud of. They've got a very good team. They cause matchup issues. "

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
Facebook | Twitter| E-Mail |

Big Red Report Top Stories