In my offseason article this past summer, I mentioned how the 2018-19 season had the makings to be another disappointing year following a postseason run akin to 2014-15. This prediction is turning out to be more accurate than I would like.
Through 21 games this year, the Huskers are 13-8 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Through the same stretch in ’14-15, Nebraska was 12-9 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten (before the Big Ten played 20 conference games). Games 20 and 21 resulted in losses for both teams. Each squad is/was trending downward at this point in the season while high expectations are/were falling flat.
I saved myself the trouble of falling victim to this team not living expectations by avoiding them entirely. Not to brag though. As I said in my first post of the year, expectations only set you up to be disappointed. So yeah, I’m not too shabby right now. I have teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves to rely on.
Expectations were tempered because I’ve seen this story before. I’ve seen an experienced team under Tim Miles return and fall short. When Miles does well, expectations are low. He’s had sporadic success an underdog, not so much as a favorite. Nebraska is 63-56 (.529), including this season, since ‘2014-15. Miles’ career record in Lincoln is 110-105 (.512). It’s hard to expect anything different when the results are nearly identical the past seven years, regardless of talent.