Tipoff: 6:00pm CST Location: Devaney Center - Lincoln, NE
Television: Big Ten Network
Live Stats and Internet Radio: Huskers.com
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Network | KLIN 1400 in Lincoln - KFAB 1110 in Omaha - KRVN 880 in Lexington
Play by play - Kent Pavelka Color - Matt Davison
The Hoosiers, one of America's most storied basketball programs, visits the Devaney Center to take on the Huskers for the first time in over a half-century. I had a nice little chat with Scott over at The Crimsoncast.com on Nebraska and Indiana, and the Big Ten in general. Always fun to do an interview, so check it out if you have time..and need something to put you to sleep.
Ranked #11 in the nation, Indiana is back on the national map after a fairly lengthy stint of non-relevance. (We know all about that here.) The Hoosiers bring their tradition of motion offense, sounds fundamentals, and stingy defense to the Devaney Center where the Huskers will look to snag a second conference win.
As unlikely as that seems, Nebraska winning, it's all too possible considering the way things have gone in the Big Ten this season. Teams left and right are beating each other up, and a .500 league record is still good enough to earn you a top 15 national ranking. Indiana, at 15-3 overall, has suffered three Big Ten losses so far in this young season. Much like Wisconsin, Indiana started the season off hot before hitting the league portion of the schedule and realizing, along with everyone else, that the Big Ten is a hell of a tough league.
Tonight's game is going to be tough.
Nebraska has struggled with fundamentals along with basic ball control, rebounding, and shooting percentage. Exactly the kinds of things that Indiana does well. In Sunday's game versus Wisconsin, Nebraska blew a huge opportunity to exact revenge on the Badgers, by getting hammered on the boards. Wisconsin out-rebounded the Huskers 42 to 24, and held a critical 17 to 9 offensive rebound advantage. Down the stretch, this really squashed any chance that NU had to pull even, and led to NU's 5th loss in the conference.
Nebraska has to do better. Regardless of what Lee Barfknecht may be implying, or how much Kent Pavelka might back him up on it. (No disrespect to those guys, I may just be in a funk with regards to Doc Sadler) These things are not typical of a Div I basketball school, and cannot continue to go on if Nebraska wants to avoid an embarrassing first year run in the Big Ten.
Tough league? Sure. But that's no excuse for missing a layup. Hopefully tonight is our night for the upset.
Go Big Red!