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Nebraska coach Tim Miles reacts as his team takes the lead against Maryland during the second half Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in College Park, Md.

NEW YORK — Tim Miles didn't waste any time launching into his annual comedy routine Wednesday morning at Big Ten Media.

The Nebraska basketball coach was the first man up after Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and was on fire from the beginning.

"I love following the commissioner," Miles said. "You know a guy's highly intelligent when he can say that much and say that little. So good luck writing all that stuff, folks."

Miles likened himself to "the Good Morning Vietnam guy" in reference to his usual early spot in the media day lineup. He compared this season's Big Ten race to the NFL. He mentioned trying to steal the Big Ten-labeled cup he brought with him to the podium.

He joked about the size of Purdue center Isaac Haas, going on a tangent in the middle of an answer about positionless basketball, describing him as "7-foot-9, 280" (he's actually 7-2, 290) and calling him "darn good at sales. I think he just sold me something on the bus on the way here."

Miles did manage to be serious for a few minutes while talking about the transfers in and out of his program in the offseason and the Big Ten's move to a 20-game schedule.

He then ended with some unsolicited advice: "Match.com works."

It was nothing less than what was expected from the annual MVP of media day.

Miles, along with Husker guards Glynn Watson and Evan Taylor, will meet with the media later today.

Stay with @HuskerExtra.com for updates throughout the day.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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