Lincoln -- University of Nebraska basketball coachTim Miles was named one of 15 finalists for the Jim Phelan Award on Wednesday.
Miles guided Nebraska to its first NCAA appearance since1998, leading the Huskers to a 19-12 record heading into Friday's NCAAsecond-round contest against No. 23 Baylor. The Big Ten Coach of the Year bythe conference coaches, Miles led the Huskers to an 11-7 Big Ten mark after theHuskers were picked 12th in the preseason poll. Nebraska's fourth-place finishwas its best finish since 1998, while the 11 conference wins were the program'shighest conference win total since the 1965-66 season. After a 1-5 start inconference action, Nebraska won 10 of its final 12 Big Ten games, includingwins at No. 9 Michigan State and No. 9 Wisconsin, the first time since 1994that NU knocked off a pair of top-10 teams in the same season.
Miles joins Michigan's John Beilein as Big Ten coaches amongthe 15 finalists.
The Jim Phelan Award is presented to the nation's topDivision I coach. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan, who coached hisentire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. When he retired, he amassed 830wins during his 49-year coaching career.
The 2014 Phelan award will be announced at theCollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, the site of theDivision I Men's Basketball Championship.
Courtesy UNL Sports Information