LINCOLN — Point guard Deverell Biggs’ future with Nebraska may be in limbo after the junior out of Omaha Central sat out Sunday’s win over Minnesota.
Biggs tweeted before the game that he wasn’t playing for “personal reasons.”
“That’s as far as I’m going to go with it today,” Husker coach Tim Miles said after the game. “I will be more willing to discuss it at a later date, when Dev and I have a chance to talk further.”
Two sources told The World-Herald that Biggs missed a team film session.
Biggs didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati on Dec. 28 for disciplinary reasons after missing a film session. He also missed the first two games of the regular season as discipline for a previous driving-under-the-influence case.
Biggs averages 9.9 points, 1.5 assists and 2.3 turnovers a game. On Sunday, Nebraska tied its season high in assists with 19 on 25 baskets.
Miles said Sunday night that no talk with Biggs had been scheduled yet.
“It’s a tough deal,” Miles said. “But we’re going to figure it out. Dev’s a good kid.”
One day of prep works for NU
By playing three games in eight days, Nebraska was forced to take Friday as a day off after Thursday’s loss to Penn State. That left one day of practice and preparation for Minnesota, which plays an uncommon pressing style.
But going short and smart in practice Saturday led to a good result Sunday.
“We watched a little Minnesota film,” Miles said. “We practiced really hard but not that long.
“I was mad from film, so I started out with some smashmouth ball-handling and rebounding stuff. And we forgot to shoot. Here tonight, we made our season high in 3s (11). So we may be done shooting for the year (in practice).”
Gopher coach impressed
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino offered high praise for Nebraska’s game plan.
“Offensively, they were really, really hard to guard,” he said. “They had a great plan. We didn’t guard the 3. And they did a good job of getting to the foul line.
“We played hard and didn’t give up. But they made some really big-time shots. I can’t say enough about Coach Miles. He took over a tough situation, and he’s building it the right way.”
Nebraska added a wrinkle to its man-to-man defense Sunday, too, by double-teaming Minnesota point guard DeAndre Mathieu when he tried to come off screens at the top of the key.
Mathieu, averaging 2.3 turnovers, committed a season-high nine.
“A guy with his quickness shouldn’t be able to be trapped,” Pitino said. “It caught him off guard at first. And we didn’t prepare. They don’t do that normally, so you’ve got to give them credit.”
Bits and pieces
The 82 points were the most Nebraska has scored in a conference game since joining the Big Ten three seasons ago. ... The Huskers’ only home loss was by one point to current league leader Michigan. ... Minnesota guard Malik Smith’s eight 3-pointers tied for the most ever by an opponent against NU. The most recent was by Oklahoma State’s Obi Muonelo in 2007. ... Nebraska’s next game is at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at home against Indiana.