LINCOLN — Some previous Nebraska basketball coaches have kept the series with Creighton at arm’s length.
On Friday, current Husker coach Tim Miles gave it a big ol’ hug.
“We need to beat them,” he said. “I think it’s good for our state. Through the years, they’ve had great players and great teams.
“It’s (a rivalry) that needs to happen. We’ve even talked about making it a bigger deal. I’m excited for the game, and looking forward to it for a long time in the future.”
For now, the way to make Nebraska-Creighton bigger has been to try to schedule it in a time slot without much competition. That’s why tip off is Sunday at 5 p.m. at CenturyLink Center on Fox Sports 1.
Would playing twice each season juice up the series?
“I don’t know,” Miles said. “With the Big Ten expanding, there are so many circumstances that could happen that it would just be speculation.”
Proof that Nebraska is in rivalry mode with Creighton is sleep deprivation, caused in part by Bluejay All-America forward Doug McDermott.
“I did not sleep last night at all,” Miles said. “I tossed and turned the whole night. That’s what Doug McDermott does to you. Thanks, Doug.”
Husker wing Terran Petteway has only been in Lincoln one season, sitting out last year as a transfer from Texas Tech. But he has caught the vibe of the NU-CU series.
“They beat us pretty bad at our place last year,” Petteway said of the 64-42 thrashing.
“It kind of hurt when their fans were yelling the Creighton Jay thing, or whatever it was. I was (ticked) off when I heard that. We still have that in our minds.”