How will Nebraska respond the remainder of the season without dismissed guard Deverell Biggs?

The coach preparing to face the Husker men’s basketball team Thursday night believes he already has his answer.

“Actually, I thought their best game they've played was the game this past Sunday, when they were playing without the young man that has been since dismissed from the team,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said, referring to the Huskers’ 82-78 victory against Minnesota.

“To me, I think they are going to get better and better, and I think they cause a lot of issues for us.”

Indiana (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten Conference) comes to Lincoln with a 1-3 record in true road games, with its lone victory at Penn State, by three points.

And Crean understands the challenge his young team – three freshmen and a sophomore are in the starting lineup – will face at sold-out Pinnacle Bank Arena.

“(Nebraska) is getting better, and they play with great intensity and they have great confidence at home,” Crean said. “And you can see the crowd support on film. You can see it, you can hear it, and I think they are responding very well to it.

“I think Tim (Miles) is an excellent coach and a great tough-minded coach, in the sense that they are going to be very diligent and tough on both ends of the floor. They've got decent depth, too.”

Miles said without Biggs, whom he dismissed from the team Tuesday for disciplinary and accountability issues, Nebraska’s rotation will look much like it did against Minnesota, when starting point guard Tai Webster logged 29 minutes and Benny Parker played 10 minutes.

Biggs, the Huskers’ third-leading scorer at 9.9 points per game, was averaging 20.5 minutes off the bench.

“There were games we won that if we don’t have Deverell, we don’t win, because he’s a guy who can get his own shot, he’s a guy who’s electric with the ball, and we don’t have another guy who’s going to do that,” Miles said. “Certainly, you lose that aspect, and that concerns me as a coach, but we just have to become something else.

“You don’t have to play basketball one way. That’s the glorious part about it. It’s not like we were a wishbone team and all of the sudden we have to go out and run the spread.”

Miles said Webster, a true freshman from New Zealand who’s struggled much of his first season in the college game, wasn't bothered by sharing time with Biggs. The coach also doesn't believe Webster should feel any more pressure with Biggs now gone.

“I really don’t think Tai looked over his shoulder, and I don’t think there’s more onus on him,” Miles said. “Tai just needs to continually get better, bottom line. It’s that simple. We don’t need more out of him. We certainly don’t need less, but at the same time, we need to collectively as a team grow up, understand what successful basketball looks like.”