No fun, especially when the Huskers are the worst team in the Big 12, mired in a four-game slump while possessing marks of 13-12 and 1-9 following a 91-51 drubbing in Austin on Feb. 13.
"That," said Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, "was men among boys."
Unfortunately for the Huskers, it doesn't take much to get them down. All but two of their conference defeats have been by double-digit spreads, though the Texas uprising was something altogether different. The 40-point defeat was the 10th worst in Nebraska history and the second worst under Sadler, whose 2007 team lost by 53 points (92-39) at Kansas.
The ramifications of being in last place are beginning to mount.
"You're 1-9, Big 12 school, not doing good, you're getting crap from everybody," said senior guard Ryan Anderson. "It's easy to fall into a mental slump, you know what I mean?"
For his part, Sadler is trying to keep spirits from sagging. Following the Texas defeat, he praised the Huskers for the effort they continued to give in practice.
Maybe it will pay off. The good thing is Nebraska will play few opponents as inspired as Texas was to atone for problems after the Longhorns had dropped five of seven since once climbing to No. 1 in the polls.
--Nebraska uses a small lineup, which often prompts the Huskers to establish good looks from 3-point range. The problem is knocking down those shots. In losses against Baylor and Texas, the Huskers made just 6 of 39 attempts from behind the arc. Their 2-for-18 performance at Texas contributed to a season-low .281 overall shooting percentage.
--Nebraska coach Doc Sadler engaged in a brief exchange with Baylor G LaceDarius Dunn as they walked off the court after the first half ended in a Feb. 10 game the Huskers lost 55-53. Dunn had said something to Nebraska F Quincy Hankins-Cole, then Sadler intervened. "It wasn't anything," Sadler said. "He wasn't being disrespectful."
ON THE SPOT: Expect Nebraska coach Doc Sadler to continue tinkering with the lineup. Against Texas, he started G Myles Holley in place of F Brandon Ubel. Sadler's focus is to find a contributor who can energize the offense, especially after the Huskers shot so poorly against the Longhorns and at one point allowed 20 unanswered points. Experience doesn't always matter. G Ryan Anderson and G Sek Henry each went scoreless while combining to play 38 minutes against Baylor. The reserve with the most upside offensively, F Christian Standhardinger, continues to come off the bench.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're not going to stay pat, that's for sure. We're going to keep trying. We've got to get some points. I just don't know where those points come from." -- Nebraska coach Doc Sadler.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SEASON RECAP: If G Ryan Anderson can be trusted, some players on the Nebraska team are beginning to let their frustrations seep into poor practice habits and body language with the Huskers sitting 1-9 as the last-place team in the Big 12. Nebraska is outmanned in virtually every Big 12 game it plays and unlike his first three seasons, coach Doc Sadler can't seem to push the right buttons and produce unexpected wins.
Kansas 75, Nebraska 64
Baylor 55, Nebraska 53
Texas 91, Nebraska 51
at Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 17
vs. Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 20
at Iowa State, Wednesday, Feb. 24
vs. Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 27
vs. Colorado, Tuesday, March 2
IN FOCUS: A mid-week trip to Kansas State comes just 15 days after Nebraska fell 76-57 against the Wildcats. Kansas State has won four of its last five, though has been more vulnerable at home during Big 12 play, suffering two defeats there. Missouri beat Nebraska 70-53 in the first matchup.
--G Myles Holley scored a career-best 11 points to lead Nebraska against Baylor on Feb. 10. The effort pushed the sophomore into the starting lineup Feb. 13 at Texas, but he played just 13 minutes and netted two points.
--G Ryan Anderson went just 2-for-9 from the field, missing all five 3-pointers he attempted, yet still paced Nebraska with nine points at Texas.
--F Christian Standhardinger, a German import who figured to give the Huskers some needed offensive punch after serving a 15-game suspension mandated by the NCAA, fouled out in just 12 minutes at Texas. He scored three points.