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You are right. James Palmer/Terran Petteway HAVE to score 20+ in order to win. the problem is the amount of team capital that gets spent each night so Palmer can get his. volume scorers are a dime a dozen. give them the green light and sometimes you'll be rewarded with dazzling plays and all big 10 performances, and other times you'll get crossover dribble step back 3pt bricks. one thing is consistent in either of those scenarios...the rest of the team doesn't know what to expect each night and they end up watching the show too.Not disappointed they lost the game. To me it was a toss up going in. Minnesota is a good solid team. I am disappointed how they lost the game, after leading for 85% of it.
You can bitch all you want about Tim Miles, I am not a BBall x and o guy. Probably should have called some TO at some point at the end of the game.
For me it comes down to Minnesota's superstar player Amir Coffey taking over the game and willing his team to a win. The guy had 32 while Nebraska's superstar scorer James Palmer finishes with 11. Watson and Copeland had their usual nights, Roby scored 15, heck the Heiman had 9 points in 15 minutes. Wouldn't that be nice if they could get 6-8 points out of that kid every night.
Palmer has to score 18 every night against a good team or they aren't going to win. That is probably a simplistic view of things, but Coffey played lights out and Palmer didn't and Nebraska lost.
I bring up TerranP alot even though he's long gone, in order to remind folks that we've seen this movie before. i already know how its gonna end. I hope the outcome will be different, but I'm fairly convinced it won't.
Tim Miles is responsible for managing the playground. he is the one who sets the tone for whats a good shot vs what isn't. He is the one who determines who gets a green light to do whatever they want and who doesn't. he sets the rules, if there are any. he is the one who calls timeout to remind guys that you have to play defense, or actually try and box out on a rebound, or that maybe there is something else we can try on offense when things start to get intense, vs just passing to 1 guy and watching him dribble around, trying to make a play vs 2 defenders.