Just the first step

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles reminded Nebraska fans on Sunday, a NCAA appearance is not the finish line.

LINCOLN, Neb. - There might not have been a more excited person than Tim Miles when Nebraska was selected for the Big Dance on Sunday. But, the second-year head coach had a strong message for fans and the media just minutes after hearing his team will play No. 6 seed Baylor In San Antonio, Texas.

"It's a good start. But it's just a start," said Miles. "We have to look where we were, where we are now and where we want to be. Let's say we win and make a run. Is that good enough? No, it's not good enough and you want to be a team who can do that every year.

"There's always going to be the next step to take for this program. And always the next step for these guys, too. These are young guys and high achievers who want to do well and put Nebraska on the map. In this business you can be a flash in the pan. Hot one day and cooked the next and that's not what we want to be. We don't want to be a one-hit wonder."

With a major goal of getting to the NCAA tournament accomplished, Miles feels the current roster will be remembered as a group of guys who started the uptrend of Nebraska basketball.

"I think we are going to build in toward sustained success and these guys are going to be a huge part of it," said Miles. "It's a monumental day for Nebraska because it hasn't happened here in 16 years. I did an interview with a guy who said, ‘you haven't been to the NCAA Tournament in 16 years' and I said ‘Whoa, whoa, I've been to all kinds of different tournaments in 16 years.' At the end of the day, it's a great start is what it is."

This will be the second-time Miles has been in the NCAA D-1 tournament, taking Colorado State in 2011-12.

"It's special for me because this was kind of out of nowhere," said Miles when asked to compare this team's postseason appearance to others. "My first team at Mayville (State) was kind of out of nowhere, too. We started out 2-9 and we flipped it and that was a long time ago. Other than that, we were kind of always favored and knew where we were going, so literally still every time I talk about it I get goose bumps again.

"I'm just so happy for A, the players and B, our fans. Just as much emotion as they put in. It was good but it ended up being great and so they invested emotionally. They've been burned a few times and they felt like we were the Cubbies and I said hold on one second let's feel like we are the Red Sox. I was really just happy for them and of course I think of a guy like Tom Osborne. I told him I wanted to come through for him and I do, but we haven't done what we set out to do either. This is a great first step and we just expect to keep going further. And we can't wait to get ready for our matchup on Friday with Baylor."

Tip-off on Friday is scheduled for 11:40 CT a.m. Baylor finished the season 24-11 overall and 9-9 in Big 12 play.

Similar to the Huskers, Baylor finished the year hot, winning 10 out of their last 12.


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