Wisconsin vs. Nebraska basketball, 1/9/18

Nebraska forward Isaac Copeland (14) gets a high-five after scoring a basket against Wisconsin as teammate Jordy Tshimanga (32) looks on in the second half on Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Tim Miles on Friday evening addressed the status of sophomore center Jordy Tshimanga, who did not travel with Nebraska to Pennsylvania for tonight's conference game against Penn State.

"Jordy met with me just before practice (Thursday) and we left right out of practice," Miles said on the pregame radio show. "He decided to stay back and he’s just trying to figure some things out on his own. It’s an unfortunate situation and I don’t know how it’s going to play out."

Tshimanga has struggled this season, but started NU's first 18 games. The timing of Tshimanga's meeting with Miles is somewhat surprising, given that he played perhaps his best game of the season Tuesday against Wisconsin (nine points, six rebounds) and it also came after UNL's spring semester had already began.

"At this time, Jordy has my full support," Miles said. "He’s a great kid, his family are good people. We’re dealing with everything you'd imagine we’d be dealing with right now. We’ll probably have a resolution quickly, but right now we have big fish to fry with Penn State looking us right in the eye."

Miles said he didn't think his players would be distracted.

"I think the guys are bummed out, disappointing, whatever," he admitted. "They got to work and they’ve been – it’s probably more of a distraction for guys like (assistant coach Kenya Hunter, who recruited Tshimanga) and I, the assistants. I don’t think it’s much of a distraction for the players."

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Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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