In the midst of a six-game losing streak Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles has found comfort in thin mints.
Let’s be honest for a moment. We all have vices. For some, they are quite destructive. For others, they are more helpful and promote self-health and improvement.
For Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles, he has found comfort in the midst of his team’s six-game losing streak in Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies. There are certainly worse things Miles could be using to get through the pain.
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Miles is in his third year at the helm of the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team. He quietly holds a winning record in his three seasons at 47-41, playing in the tough Big Ten Conference.
Nebraska has long been one of the more difficult jobs in big-time basketball. Nebraska has next to no tradition in basketball, is vastly overshadowed by the school’s legendary football program and sits on the nation’s plains where, frankly, few if any big-time basketball recruits want to head to play their college basketball.
Yet this season has been tough on Miles. After an embarrassing 74-46 loss to Iowa, Miles locked his team out of their own locker room, strikingly similar to the move made by Coach Carter in the hit basketball movie by the same name.
That move, though, was made because the team had failed to meet the academic standards he had personally imposed upon him.
Miles is simply trying to win basketball games.
Miles had great success at Colorado State University prior to taking the Nebraska job. Despite playing in the lesser thought of Mountain West Conference, Miles’ teams there were equal in talent to the ones he’s had in Lincoln.
The difference is that by and large the teams the Huskers face on a nightly basis are more talented. And so the struggle has been real.
Miles, more active than most D-1 coaches on social media, tweeted out his support on Friday for the Girl Scouts and specifically the popular thin mints cookies.
Nebraska is currently 12th, out of 14 teams, in the powerful Big Ten Conference, with a 5-11 conference record and are 13-15 overall.
The Huskers have just two more regular season games to play, and do not play again until March 4 when they play at Illinois. They finish the season against currently 14th ranked Maryland on March 8.
They hope to finish well enough to not seeded 13th or 14th in the Big Ten Conference Tournament which will feature all 14 conference teams, and again be played at the United Center in Chicago March 11-15. Right now, they would play one of the play-in games on March 11.
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