The last two games have served as wonderful game films for us to learn from and grow from. As basketball coaches, our job is to figure out the best ways to prepare our student-athletes for competition. Sometimes the best teacher is live competition.
I embrace the process of building a team. In the Big Ten Conference, games vs. Nebraska at home and the Buckeyes on the road are part of the process of building a team.
Nebraska served as a great challenge for us last Wednesday. I thought that they did a great job of utilizing the shot clock on offense and committing to stopping our transition game on defense.
The game in Columbus on Sunday shows us the importance of starting the game well. Credit the Buckeyes for coming out strong and building an early lead.
I loved the intensity and the heart we showed to claw back into the game. The only way to get back into games when trailing is one play at a time. I thought our guys did a great job of embracing this mentality in a hostile environment. Unfortunately, we did not have enough to take the lead and get a win.
Over the next few days, we will break down the film from Sunday's game as well as prepare for Minnesota on Thursday. The trip to Minneapolis serves as an opportunity for us to bounce back after our first loss of the season.
I have no doubt that Minnesota will be well prepared for us. It is our intention to play the Minnesota game with a high level of effort and execution. These things must come together in order to win games on the road in the Big Ten Conference.