Nebraska’s hot start to the Big Ten conference schedule took a hit Sunday afternoon in a 74-66 loss Northwestern.
“We weren’t up to the fight,” said Coach Tim Miles. “They took the fight to us.”
Miles credited Northwestern’s defense in forcing the Huskers (9-7, 3-1 in Big Ten) out of the offensive rhythm they’ve found the last few games.
“We just kind of morphed into this team that was forcing the ball at the rim, just ugly basketball,” said Miles. “You have to credit their defensive edge and intensity to create that.”
Tough defense coupled with a hot-shooting game from Northwestern created an uphill battle for Nebraska. Northwestern connected on 11 three-pointers in the game and only missed one free throw.
The loss ends Nebraska’s unbeaten start to Big Ten play. The Huskers defeated Iowa in double-overtime on Thursday, leaving only one day of practice to prep for Northwestern. Miles says he’s not sure if you could consider Sunday’s loss a hang-over from the win over Iowa.
“I’ve dealt with 20-year-olds for a long time now,” said Miles. “If you can figure them out, write a book and you’ll make a billion (dollars). So I don’t know.”
Nebraska returns to action Saturday on the road against Michigan.