Nebraska is close to making it to the NCAA tourney. There are those who say we have to win both of our last two games or make it to the Big Ten tournament final to do so.
Either way, it doesn't matter right now. What matters is beating Indiana on the road, where wins are hard to come by.
Tipoff Time: 6:01 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Assembly Hall
2013-14 Record: 17-11, 9-7 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 32-29 (2nd year)
Career Record: 315-249 (19th year)
2013-14 Record: 17-12, 7-9 Big Ten
Head Coach: Tom Crean
Record at Indiana: 101-94 (6th year)
Career Record: 291-190 (15th year)
(Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SD, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play by Play: Eric Collins
Expert Analysis: Jim Jackson
Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Expert Analysis: Matt Davison
Satellite Radio (Indiana feed): Sirius Ch. 92, XM Ch. 190
Indiana enters Thursday’s game with a 17-12 record and is 7-9 in the Big Ten heading into the final week of the season. Following Wednesday’s game, the Hoosiers travel to Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan on Saturday.
Under sixth-year head coach Tom Crean, the Hoosiers are a different team than the 2012-13 squad which featured two NBA Lottery picks and won the Big Ten regular-season title. The Hoosiers returned just one starter from a 29-7 squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Indiana has been up and down in conference play, posting wins over Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, but also losing at home to Northwestern and Penn State. IU is 14-3 at Assembly Hall.
While Indiana averages 73.0 points per game, the Hoosiers’ strength is a defense which holds teams to 41 percent shooting, while IU out-rebounds teams by a conference best 8.2 boards per game.
Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of the Big Ten’s top performers, as he averages a team-high 17.7 points along with 3.8 assists per game to rank in the top 10 in the Big Ten in both categories. Ferrell also shoots 42 percent from 3-point range for the Hoosiers. Noah Vonleh is one of the front runners for Big Ten Freshman of the year, as the 6-foot-10 forward averages 11.6 points and a Big Ten leading 9.1 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles on the season. Senior forward Will Sheehey is the third Hoosier in double figures, as he averages 11.1 points per game, including a 30-point outburst against Iowa last Thursday.
This is the fourth matchup between Crean and Nebraska Coach Tim Miles. In addition to the two meetings since Miles was hired at Nebraska before the 2012-13 season, Miles’ North Dakota State team upset eighth-ranked Marquette, 64-60, in the championship game of the 2006 Blue and Gold Classic in Milwaukee.