So, big win for Nebraska, and I worry we're going to hear a lot of Tim Miles Big Ten COY talk.
For me, it comes down to three things:
2) Outright Conference Champs
3) 7-2 in conference road record
Nebraska was 3-6 on the road in conference. There is no comparison.
I've been a passionate college basketball fan for a little over 30 years. I honestly don't know that I have seen a better coaching job in 30 plus years than what Coach Beilein and staff pulled off following McGary's injury. It would be a deep injustice to deny Coach Beilein the award to make some sort of trendy pick.
Miles has, without question, done a great job, and in another year, sure, you could give him the award. But not this year. With McGary down, every last one of these guys was an underrated recruit. People should not lose sight of how improbable this has been. 15-3 should not obscure just what it took to get there. Don't penalize us for 15 wins. Sure, 13 would have been extraordinary. 14 ridiculous. 15 is PREPOSTEROUS. It's an all-time kind of coaching job.
I guess the only upside I can see if they overlook the obvious and give Miles the award is that perhaps it puts another chip on the shoulder of this constantly disrespected team.
We won the conference BY THREE WHOLE GAMES.
Let that sink in. It's crazy. National POY leaves early. Another 1st round pick leaves early. And one of five all-americans in the country goes down with a season-ending injury. And they win the Big Ten conference by three whole games. Amazing.