Nebraska wins fifth straight, put on your sunglasses

Feb 16, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles reacts from the sidelines during the second half at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Cornhuskers won 60-51. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

It is easy to see things coming after that thing already happened. The whole, “Yeah. We knew they would be great”, after the program made it or won a bunch of games type of thing. What usually doesn’t happen, though, is people being able to see it coming well in advance. There are some exceptions to that rule, however.

That is where the Nebraska Cornhuskers come in.

Nebraska is in the middle of tearing it up in the Big Ten. Victories of their last five games, Terran Petteway becoming and now surging as one of the conference’s best players and Tim Miles doing awesome things that are going to help the program now and in the future.

The immediate future is good, but not great for the Cornhuskers. With four games left on their schedule, Nebraska (16-10, 8-6 Big Ten) needs to continue to finish strong. With cupcakes like Illinois and Northwestern being the first two, the Cornhuskers can ill-afford a slip if they still plan on going dancing in the NCAA Tournament.

They finish the season against some stronger competition, the down Indiana Hoosiers and Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin (you always put the name of the person before the thing. Like, Stephen King’s The Stand. This is how I see Bo Ryan, as the Stephen King of basketball)

But that’s the thing. Nebraska can go to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. Those aren’t words that are typed, uttered or even muttered, very often.

Even scarier than all that, though, Miles is building that program into something that is more than competitive and even respectable. His is slowly but surely turning the Nebraska Cornhuskers into legitimate threats for Big Ten supremacy.

It won’t be this year, it might not be next, but the time for Tim Miles’ Nebraska Cornhuskers (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) to be one of the programs “everyone” saw coming is near.

Future is bright indeed, Timbuck 3. Very bright.

Topics: Big Ten, Nebraska Cornhuskers

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