Nebraska University is not the easiest coaching gig. The Big Ten has traditional powerhouses that scoop up all the big-time recruits. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, are blue blood programs. Matt Painter’s Purdue squad is always respectable. Maryland is back in the Top-25 picture. Wisconsin is still ranked and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, even though Bo Ryan is gone. How are you supposed to remain competitive in a stacked conference?
Enter Tim Miles. Coach Miles is a perennial candidate on the collective “hot seat”. He sits with Jeff Goodman on this week’s Good ‘N Plenty to discuss what keeps him focused on the task at hand: Getting to the Big Dance.
Nebraska on the Bubble
The Cornhuskers dominated their non-conference schedule. Their only loss came at the hands of Jarrett Culver and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. But conference play has not been as easy for them. Moreover going on the road and beating conference opponents is still a challenge. At one point this season the ‘Huskers lost seven straight games to Big-Ten opponents.
However, the fate of the Lincoln boys comes down to the last stretch of games. In a span of two weeks they play four ranked teams: Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa. Should be a breeze. If they can win at least half of those AND have a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament maybe this is the year Miles can rest easy during the summer.
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2:30 I was right about Kentucky
11:00 How to deal with life as a coach on the hot seat
21:49 Can Nebraska win enough to get into the NCAA Tournament?
38:00 What does this Nebraska team that others didn’t
40:13 How to fix the First Four