Nebraska’s once-promising season has fallen on some hard times as of late, bringing to question the Huskers’ odds at reaching the NCAA tournament and Tim Miles’ future as the head coach of the program.
A 62-51 loss to Wisconsin in Lincoln on Tuesday night was the latest disappointment in a four-game skid for Nebraska. It dropped three previous games to Michigan State, Rutgers and Ohio State, and lost star forward Isaac Copeland for the rest of the season.
It’s been a bumpy road for the Cornhuskers over the last two weeks. But Miles isn’t giving up on the season and believes his team can still finish the year strong.
“You’re never fully out of time. You can always make a run,” Miles said, according to Christopher Heady of the Omaha World-Herald. “We’re not out of time. There’s 10 more league games.”
"You're never fully out of time. You can always make a run," Tim Miles said. "We're not out of time. There's 10 more league games."
— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) January 30, 2019
Nebraska dropped to 13-8 on the season and 3-7 in conference play. It hasn’t really notched a marquee conference win yet, beating only Illinois, Penn State and Indiana, who have combined to win just five B1G games thus far.
There’s still plenty of meat left on the schedule to register quality wins and boost a tournament resumé. Over the next month, the Huskers have will have two matchups against No. 17 Purdue, and one game against No. 21 Maryland, No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Michigan State each.
To ensure a spot in the tournament at the end of the season, and for Miles to cool his seat, the Huskers will need wins over a few ranked opponents and will probably have to hit at least 20 wins.
According to Miles, there’s still plenty of time to get things back in order.