LINCOLN, Neb. – After beating Tennessee in the Barclays Classic over the weekend, Nebraska (5-2) returns home to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday to take on No. 21 Miami (5-1). The game is part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m.
“The way they are scoring the ball and the way they are in transition, they are phenomenal right now,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. “They just jump on people early.
“This is the third ranked team we have played already. But we need to start beating some of these ranked teams to make a mark on the landscape.”
This won’t be the first time the two teams have met up in the Miles’ era. In 2013-14, the Huskers knocked off the Hurricanes 60-49, in a win considered big for the program at the time.
On Friday night, Nebraska came up just short against No. 24 Cincinnati, 65-61. The Huskers had a 41-40 lead midway through the second half, but made too many mistakes late in the game.
“A turnover, illegal screen, a missed shot and bang you are out of it,” said Miles. “But I thought we bounced back and played very strong against Tennessee. We were able to hold them off and that was important.”
After scoring just four points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week, Nebraska got 21 and 18-point efforts out of junior guard Tai Webster over the weekend, who was sick heading into the tournament.
“He played terrific,” said Miles. “It might be one of those situations that taught Tai a lesson. He was really ill…he was so concerned about vomiting or otherwise, he just played basketball and it really helped him.
“Right now Shavon (Shields) and Andrew (White) are circled on the scouting report. It probably helped him a little bit. But at the same time if you don’t circle Shavon and Andrew on the scouting report, you probably have a big problem on your hands. So it is hopefully something he (Tai) can build on and look forward to more of it.”
Tuesday’s matchup with Miami is the Huskers’ seventh game in 14 days.
“No doubt I’m worried,” said Miles, who cut practice short on Monday. “Guys are tired. We have a well-rested opponent coming in to. We will just need to be ready to go, but it’s a good problem…Hopefully we have a great crowd and a great home atmosphere where they can feed off the energy.”