Posted by admin on July 21, 2017
but there's still hope Maybe Shawn Eichorst could take a cue from the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee. You nike apple watch know, give us a hint. On Saturday, the committee unveiled a moment in time snapshot of the top 16 teams and where they would be seeded if the tournament bracket were announced today. It was done in the name of transparency, to show what the committee deemed important in the process. There was little controversy. So how about Eichorst, the Nebraska athletic director, giving us an update on where he stands with his men's basketball coach? You know, say, "Tim Miles is my guy today. But there's at least seven games left in the season. He better go 5 2." Don't hold your breath. That is, for an Eichorst update. Most athletic directors don't give updates, unless it's a vote of confidence which is usually given with their fingers crossed behind their backs. What is Eichorst's vision for basketball? Actions speak louder than words with Eichorst, and certainly more often, so we'll have to wait until the end nike leggings of the season. Not me. I say bring Miles back next season. This is not another one of those columnist gets caught up in the moment pieces. Nebraska has lost three straight and stands at 10 14 and 4 8 in a Big Ten that was nowhere to be found in the committee's top 16. Doc Sadler got six. That doesn't mean Miles should automatically get six. But there are some good reasons he should. He's the first Nebraska coach to make the NCAA tournament since 1998. It was a team with some transfers, a team that got hot and rattled off eight wins in nine games. But that was against a good Big Ten, and two of those eight came at Michigan State and Indiana. Bottom line, for a program that doesn't frequent March Madness and hasn't won a tourney game, a Nebraska coach gets some extra credit for an NCAA year. Miles attracts people to Husker Hoops like a light. At Big Ten media days, journalists with no interest nike zoom all out low in Nebraska basketball flock into the room to hear Miles' schtick. He's the funny man, the fun guy who goes "Whoop!" on the Big Ten Network commercial. The coach has been popular with the fan base, too. But popularity has its limits. Jokes always work better when you win. Personality doesn't win games. And for a while, Miles could recruit media and fans but not Big Ten basketball players. Still, because of these traits, Miles is a guy Nebraska should root for and give every chance to succeed. Talent. It's better. It's not great. But the collection of athleticism is better than it's been at NU since the 1998 2000 era. Youth isn't an excuse in college basketball anymore. A lot of teams are young. Kids have played a lot of games by the time they get to college. A coach can't lean on youth to get another year in the gym. Development is another story. And you can see Nebraska's players develop. Jordy Tshimanga is a project, but you can see the light coming on. Isaiah Roby shows flashes. Michael Jacobson is figuring out how to be one of those Big Ten dudes who mix it up inside but also knock down shots outside. Tai Webster is a senior, but he's the poster boy for development and not giving up under Miles or by Miles. Ed Morrow and Glynn Watson have bright futures in this league. Nebraska has the look of a team that could be very good in a year or two. The Big Ten may have youth sprinkled around the league, but it's traditionally an older league (not one and dones) that eat the young. Give this nucleus another year or two together. Meanwhile, they lose. And lose. And while I'm not saying this group is going to be a No. 3 seed next season, it should be remembered that the Tony Farmer Rich King team was 10 18 the year before they became arguably the best in NU history.