I gave up when Nebraska went down by 30 to Michigan 69-39 last night. I turned the game off, and I started trying to process what’s happened to Nebrasketball over the past few games.
Since a nice, one-point 58-57 win against Ohio State, Nebraska has been destroyed 88-72 at Michigan State, 73-57 by Illinois AT HOME, 88-73 at Minnesota, and 93-57 by Michigan, again, AT HOME and on Senior Night. Last night’s game was another debacle and the worst loss in Pinnacle Bank Arena history (although, granted, its history isn’t that long). Hell, the team played like they knew that it was already over, “it” being the Tim Miles era at Nebraska.
Nebrasketball seemed so close to a breakthrough, or at least a feel good story this season. They started conference play at 3-0 this season. They won at Indiana and broke the Hoosiers’ 26-game home winning streak. Then they won another road game at Maryland, and beat Iowa in double overtime at home. They were the #1 team in the Big Ten at that point. It was fun while it lasted. So many one-point losses, repeated times you thought the team had turned the corner only to see them completely collapse down the stretch.
It’s clear that the men’s basketball team has the most talented roster in quite some time. They can be incredibly fun to watch, but that fun and talent hasn’t translated into wins. Worse yet, it’s translated into blowouts, especially at the end of the season when a young team is supposed to be coming together and making a run at something like a post-season bid, or a conference championship, or the hope of a conference championship, the concept of which right now seems so horribly far away it’s laughable.