Miles: Nebraska needs Creighton game

2012-12-05T17:02:00Z 2012-12-05T17:13:12Z Miles: Nebraska needs Creighton gameBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Some quick notes the day before Nebraska hosts Creighton in what should be a sold-out Devaney Center:

It’s pretty clear Tim Miles is embracing the Nebraska-Creighton rivalry.

Under no scenario – no matter how many league games the Huskers may someday play in an ever-growing Big Ten Conference – does Miles see Nebraska not playing Creighton in the future.

“I think we need to play Creighton, as long as it doesn’t hurt us,” Miles said at his Wednesday news conference. “It’s never going to hurt us for a postseason resume, and that’s why you play them. They’re always going to have a great program, so why would you not play them?

“If they beat us and beat us and beat us, and we don’t like it, well, do something about it. Coach better, get a better team.”

The game that Miles said is more difficult to justify each season, at this point, is Nebraska-Omaha, which is a reclassifying Division I program.

“Does that truly help you build your resume?” Miles said. “It might, I don’t know.”

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Nebraska and Creighton meet for the 46th time Thursday night, when the No. 16/13 Bluejays visit Lincoln. The Huskers lead the all-time series, 25-20, and the teams have split the last six meetings, with Creighton’s last win in Lincoln coming in 2004.

Miles acknowledged Creighton’s success, its attendance for home games and overall support, and said the rivalry with Nebraska is healthy for the state.

“There are always people who do it in an unhealthy way, too,” he said. “But, eh, that goes with maturity sometimes.”

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Very few seats remain for Thursday night’s game at the Devaney Center, which means Nebraska will likely have its first home sellout since the 2011 Kansas game. It would be the first nonconference home sellout since 2006, when Nebraska defeated Creighton in Doc Sadler’s first season.

And here’s another reminder that the game will not be televised. I wrote why in today’s paper. For those with internet access and a subscription to a cable or satellite package that carries ESPN, you can view the game on ESPN3.com.

Miles delivered a not-so-veiled shot at the Big Ten Network for bypassing on the game.

“I know I won’t sleep tonight,” Miles said, “so thank God that CSU-CU game is on the Pac-12 Network, who’s actually covering a rivalry game.”

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Miles also admitted that the folks at BTN are probably on a long list of people who didn’t predicted Nebraska being 6-1 entering the Creighton game.

After all, Nebraska was – and still is – picked to finish last in the Big Ten. Although if voters were to conduct a new poll, Brandon Ubel doesn’t think the Huskers would be picked last again.

“I think we’re playing at a high level right now, and we’ve only gotten better from game one until now,” Ubel said, “and I think that’s going to continue.”

He credits the energy and positive personality that Miles has brought to the team.

“It’s amazing,” Ubel said. “You can’t compare it to very many people. That’s probably the biggest difference and the most exciting thing about playing for Coach Miles is his energy every day.

“Most people, they’re really excited that first day, a lot of people are excited for that first practice. The fact it’s been the same ever since is something that’s pretty special. You don’t find that very often.”

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