Nebraska coach not worried about UK crowd, says it will “fuel” his team in Saturday’s match

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Nebraska swept Colorado Friday to advance to an Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky Saturday at 4 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum, Nebraska coach John Cook sort of taunted UK fans.

Remember Nebraska fans and players felt they should have had a higher seed — and be hosting the regional that UK is this weekened.

Cook said Saturday’s crowd won’t bother his team.

“We pretty much play that every weekend so whether it’s at home or on the road – so, for us, to me, it will be easier to play in that tomorrow than it was today because today there was very little atmosphere (at Memorial Coliseum),” Cooks said.

“I feel both teams were kind of flat, emotionally because when we sat around for an hour and a half and then the crowd left (after UK’s win over BYU). There just wasn’t an electricity in there.

“There will be electricity (Saturday) and I think that will fuel us as much as it will Kentucky because we like that and are used to that so that is what makes it exciting and fun.”

Cook actually hired UK coach Craig Skinner twice — once at Wisconsin and then again at Nebraska. Skinner came to UK from Nebraska 13 years ago.

“He’s got a great golf swing. I try to copy his golf swing. He’s got the smoothest golf swing I’ve ever seen. (I’ve) Been to his hometown of Muncie (Indiana) several times, but they are in a different conference now, we are in the Big Ten so paths don’t cross very much except for during recruiting,” Cook said.

“But, he’s done a nice job here and saw a lot of potential in Kentucky and he’s done a really nice job here.”

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