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Husker Hoops knock off #23 Michigan

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Husker men knock on the Big Ten door with a commanding win over #23 Michigan

Tim Miles and his Husker Hoops team put together one of their best performances in recent years with a dominant 72-52 win against #23 Michigan tonight. They improve to 14-7 (5-3) on the season with their first win against Michigan since the Huskers knocked off then #1 Michigan back on December 12th, 1964.

Coach Miles joked on Twitter yesterday that his dog Sammy helped the Huskers gameplan for the Wolverines but came clean after the game that Husker assistant coach Kenya Hunter was instrumental in putting together the winning gameplan that led to the Huskers 20-point win over Michigan.

“I was just very proud of the guys tonight. (Assistant Coach) Kenya Hunter put together a great defensive game plan, spent a lot of time, he and I, even in the offseason, how are we going to beat these guys that spread the floor so well? I thought Kenya made some adjustments, some of the switches and some of that, and our guys bought in. They were very focused, very competitive with energy, and did a great job. I’m really proud of our guys.”

The Husker pulled off the upset in front of a massive PBA crowd of 14,589 and were led by James Palmer Jr who had the game-winning shot against Illinois on Monday. He continued that performance tonight putting up 19 points against Michigan.

PBA was rocking all night and the team fed off the crowds energy as they put up a smothering defensive performance racking up 9 steals by 5 different players

“It was really cool, especially that first half when we started to kind of take a lead, it was one of those things that, like I said, I got chills. Students were phenomenal. I thought they really did a great job,” Miles said.

The defense was led by junior Glenn Watson Jr and senior Evan Taylor who had 6 of the Huskers 9 steals on the night.  All night the Huskers size and speed allowed them to easily fight off screens and did their best to limit the Wolverines clean three-point attempts.

Michigan coach John Beilein tipped his had to the Huskers defense in his postgame comments, “You can see they’re one of the better teams at that (defense). They switched every screen. [Isaiah] Roby allows them to do that” he said.

“I think you can see tonight why Nebraska is 11-1 at home. They played Kansas really well. Playing small right now is really difficult challenge for people to play against.” Beilein told reporters.

With a strong defensive performance keeping Michigan in check, the Huskers offense had multiple guys scoring double digits allows the Big Red to put the Wolverines away with an exclamation point.

“Everybody touched the ball. Everybody was aggressive. On the stats, you’ll see everybody scored that played pretty much. When we’re like that, we’re hard to guard.” said Miles.

With another tough game coming up this weekend against #22 Ohio State the Huskers look to prove that they belong in the postseason. If they can continue to play at a high level like they did today there may be an exciting postseason on the horizon for the Cornhuskers.

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