Before the Huskers take on Creighton this weekend, they’ll have a mid-week match-up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Wednesday night. “I know we’re not peeking ahead,” head coach Tim Miles said. “Our sights are set firmly on Minnesota.”
That point was emphasized not just by Miles, but the players earlier in the week after Nebraska took down Illinois 75-60. After the game on Sunday, someone had written “Minnesota” on the white board in the locker room. “I honestly don’t know who wrote it,” senior guard Glynn Watson said. “It just means that we’re ready for the next game.”
They’ll need to be ready. At Williams Arena, Minnesota’s home court, the Gophers are undefeated thus far in 2018. “When the Gophers are playing well, it’s very difficult because (Williams Arena) carries so much noise,” Miles said. “It’s a unique environment. It’s truly built like a barn, hence its nickname.”
The Gopher’s 6-foot-6, 250 pound forward Jordan Murphy could cause the most issues for Nebraska on Wednesday. Murphy averages 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Huskers also have to deal with 6-8 junior Amir Coffey, who also averages 14 points per contest. Both Coffey and Murphy have the ability to get to free throw line early and often, drawing 6 and 7.7 fouls per game respectively.
“You’ve got to be really strong in the paint,” Miles said. “If we can go in and do what we do and stay out of foul trouble, that’s important.” This game will be monumental for the 7-1, 24th ranked Huskers, as a loss here could take the wind right out of the team’s sails.
“You’ve still got to go out there and get punched in the mouth and discover if you like the taste of your own blood in your mouth, or if you want to spit it out on the face of your opponent,” Miles said. “I like where the team is at right now.”
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Central