History seems to have a way of repeating itself. Nebraska, which had been better at defending the three-point line over the last the three games, returned to its old ways Sunday night in a 73-57 loss to Illinois.
Illinois shot 50 percent from long-range, joining a long list of teams to have success against Nebraska with the three-point shot.
“Our carelessness with the ball led to some easy threes,” said coach Tim Miles following the loss. “I thought we lost our discipline defensively.”
Nebraska trailed by just two points at halftime, but Illinois opened up the lead quickly in the second half. Illinois made its first five three-point attempts of the second half.
The Huskers were led by senior guard Tai Webster’s 17 points. Webster was the only Husker to score in double-figures.
“What I’m most concerned about is our discipline,” said Miles. “That’d be an easy statement to make on offense, that we lacked discipline, when seven different guys have multiple turnovers.”
Illinois’ Malcolm Hill led all scorers with 19 points. With the loss, Nebraska falls to 12-16 on the season, with two games left in the regular season before the Big Ten tournament in Washington D.C.
“These guys won’t quit,” said Miles. “It’s my job to get us playing better immediately. It doesn’t get easier.”
The Huskers travel to Minnesota to take on the Gophers on Thursday.