That Goliath fellow you may have read about, he won a lot of battles before he came up against that little pesky David kid. Well, tonight, Nebraska (12-13, 3-9) faced Goliath, and they were not nearly as effective as David was that day. Oh, they tried hard and hung with the powerful Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2) for a while. They were even within shouting distance at halftime, though they only had scored 18 points. In the end, the margin was closer to what most had expected as the Huskers fell 76-47.
Before the game, Head Coach Tim Miles had repeatedly stated that Nebraska was going to have to control the tempo and keep the possessions down if they wanted to stay in this game. For a while they did that. The Huskers jumped out to an early 10-6 lead. They did a decent job of rebounding and controlling the things they wanted to control...then Brandon Ubel, Andre Almedia and Shavon Shields all tallied two fouls. Eight minutes had yet to tick off the clock. The Hoosiers stepped up the pressure and it was elementary from there.
Indiana blitzed the Huskers sparking a 15-4 run, forcing ten first half turnovers and taking nine point lead, 27-18, into the halftime break. The second half was just a continuation of the last ten minutes of the first half. IU scored the first seven points of the half. The Huskers had no answers for the high powered Hoosiers who scored 49 second half points and the final score was also the largest margin of the game.
The only player for the Huskers who played at a level necessary to be competitive was Dylan Talley who poured in 16 points and was effective off the dribble. But that's about it for the Huskers on this evening
The Huskers come home to face another stiff test Saturday vs. Michigan State. The game will also see the return of Tyronn Lue, who will be inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame.