Lincoln, NE - Nebraska junior guard Dylan Talley had a smile on his face Thursday afternoon when talking with reporters.
“I’m pretty much pain free,” reported the junior college transfer.
Talley, who missed five games with a thigh injury, seems to be coming into his own - averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds the last two contests.
“I think he could be really good. The biggest thing with him is his conditioning. It’s not something that is easy for him and it’s not something that he likes,” said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler. “The biggest thing he’s got to do is push himself in practice and get back to where he was at.”
With Talley back in the lineup and the return of Nebraska junior center Jorge Brian Diaz, the Huskers have gone 2-2 in conference play, this after dropping the first three in the Big Ten. Even in Nebraska’s two losses, both were on the road and both were close games.
“Wisconsin beat us by 25 at home and we go on the road and lose by five. We thought we should have won that game,” said Talley when talking about Saturday’s match-up with No. 6 Ohio State. “We expect to come out and play well.”
In Wednesday’s win over No. 11 Indiana, Talley started slow, shooting poorly in the first half. But worked other areas of his game: rebounding, defense, and passing. Late in the game, his shooting came around.
“I think that is one of my better games,” said the junior. “A lot of that comes from being healthy and being out there. I’m jumping higher, running around, my stamina is getting there.”