EUGENE, Ore. — Nebraska’s 60-38 men’s basketball loss Saturday at Oregon put Tim Miles’ team in the record book in a way it won’t want to remember.
The 38 points tied for the eighth-fewest in school history, and was the second-lowest total in a game in 52 seasons.
The Huskers’ 80 combined points in the past two games (42 vs. Creighton, 38 vs. Oregon) is the feeblest back-to-back offensive showing in 64 seasons. In 1948-49, NU scored 77 points in consecutive losses to Kansas State (53-28) and Oklahoma (56-49).
Miles, on his postgame radio show, said he’s unclear how to proceed offensively.
“I’m a little emotional about that right now. I might say anything,” he said. “So I’m not going to bite on that one.
“What do we need to do? Do we need to call more plays? I thought we had pretty good looks to start the second half, and we were 1 for 9. We miss a tip-in, we miss a layup, we miss a post move, we miss two wide-open shots. You’ve got to make some of those.”
Nebraska (6-3) shot 30.6 percent overall, and 17.6 percent from 3-point range.
Oregon (9-1) missed its first 11 3-pointers and hit only two for the game. But coach Dana Altman’s team dominated from the inside.
The Ducks, who never trailed, scored 18 of their first 20 points in the lane while pulling out to a double-digit lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Meanwhile, Nebraska’s two primary inside players — forward Brandon Ubel and center Andre Almeida — were scoreless for the game’s first 27 minutes. By the end, Ubel had five points and Almeida zero. That’s 19 less than their combined averages.
“Those guys need to be double-figure guys,” Miles said. “We need 20 from them to survive. I think we’ll figure it out. I hope we do.”
Overall, Oregon outscored Nebraska in the paint 40-12.
Oregon’s 6-foot-11 center, Tony Woods, led all scorers with 14 points. Arsalan Kazemi, a 6-7 forward, added 10 points and 17 rebounds. Nebraska had 21 rebounds as a team.
Miles said he liked his team’s defensive scrappiness. The Huskers played some zone defense for the first time this season. Oregon scored a season-low 27 points in the first half, and finished 19 points under its 79-point average.
“But we’ve got to make our easy shots,” the coach said.
Miles said he hadn’t expected freshman Benny Parker (knee sprain) to play. But the point guard started as usual. He had two points, two assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes.
The Huskers ended up short-handed anyway when sophomore wing David Rivers turned his left ankle with 4:33 to go in the first half and didn’t return. Miles said he didn’t know the severity of the injury.
Nebraska plays at home Tuesday against Jacksonville (Ala.) State (7-2). The Gamecocks also lost at Oregon by 22 points a month ago, 67-45.