Published Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm / Updated at 9:38 pm
Miles: NU has 'come a long way in a short time'
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A 6-2 record for Nebraska men’s basketball entering finals week earned a review of “solid’’ on Monday from first-year coach Tim Miles.

“We’ve won some good games, and we’ve won a road game, which was good,’’ he said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “But we had a disappointing loss to Creighton.’’

Miles used an old line from “Saturday Night Live” to describe that 64-42 home loss.

“We were the Not Ready for Prime Time players,’’ he said. “We had a sold-out arena and a nationally ranked opponent and didn’t compete very well. That was really disappointing.’’

Still, Miles has seen progress since the preseason, when 23 of 24 Big Ten media members voted Nebraska to finish last in the league.

“I try to look at improvement,’’ he said. “I try not to get caught up in the record because we maybe won some games we didn’t deserve to win. I think our kids have come a long way in a short time. But we still have a long way to go to be a good team.’’

Moving up in the Big Ten won’t be easy.

This week’s Associated Press Top 25 included six conference members: No. 1 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 10 Illinois, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 19 Michigan State.

“I was afraid (Big Ten Commissioner Jim) Delany was going to add all the Top 25 teams in the polls to the Big Ten,’’ Miles cracked. “That’s what it feels like.

“It’s an amazing deal. The league is so good and so tough. You try not to get overwhelmed. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. So we’ll take each opponent on its own.’’

The Huskers — in the middle of a nine-day layoff from games — took the weekend off, but Miles didn’t. He was in New Hampshire evaluating prospects at a prep school event.

Nebraska, with two scholarships available for 2013, is interested in 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward-center Matthew Atewe.

The Canadian-born Atewe, who is of Nigerian descent, plays at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. He has visited Kansas State, and according to has other offers from Charlotte, Duquesne, Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Western Kentucky and St. Bonaventure.

Ľ NOTES: Miles said freshman wing Shavon Shields’ health is “all good,’’ with no recovery time needed now after games. Shields had elbow surgery at the start of the season and was slow to return. ... Nebraska’s next game is Saturday at Oregon (3:30 p.m. CST tipoff). The Ducks, under former Creighton coach Dana Altman, are 8-1 and are outscoring opponents 79.4 to 62.6.

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.



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