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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Can’t Overcome Hot Michigan Shooting, Fall 81-68 Saturday

Even though the Huskers played with incredible effort, too many errors & a warm Wolverine shooting hand dooms them Saturday.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers fell at home to a tough Michigan Wolverines squad today 81-68 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Michigan's sharp-shooting and solid defense was too much for Nebraska to handle. PBA was rocking on Saturday. The atmosphere was probably the best so far this season. Credit Nebraska fans for bringing the noise. Nebraska doesn't play again for one week so they will have some time to get over this one. Huskers need to come out strong next Saturday at Purdue.

The Good

Andrew White III and Glynn Watson Jr. led Nebraska in scoring with 15 points a piece. Pretty good showing by them today. Shavon Shields also had 11 points and Tai Webster had 12 points off of the bench. Nebraska was ready for this game and they had plenty of fight too. Nebraska was down 18-2 to start the game but they were only down by 3 at the half thanks to a buzzer beater by Glynn Watson Jr. Huskers even got it within 2 with under two minutes to play, but they couldn't take the lead. Nebraska can take a lot of positives from this game heading into next weekend. They will have plenty of things to fix and will be ready for Purdue next Saturday.

The Bad

Michigan's 3-point shooting. Michigan 11-21 from beyond the arc. That is 52.4%. That is an astounding percentage and is really the reason why Michigan won this game. They also shot 53% from the field and made 20-23 free throws. They also went 10-10 on free throws down the stretch. This was just one of those games where Michigan couldn't miss and sometimes that's how College Basketball works. Nebraska also made some key free throws late in the second half that could have propelled them to a win. You have to make free throws. Especially at home in a huge conference game. I'm sure Tim Miles will have plenty to say about that this week.

What Is Next

Nebraska has two key games coming up on their schedule that may make or break this season. That may be a bold statement, but these are two huge games. Nebraska plays at Purdue on Saturday January 30th. Then they play a huge home game against Maryland on February 3rd. These games could be serious resume builders if they can win them. NCAA Tournament may be a ling shot but with some winnable games down the stretch, it's not impossible. Huskers just need to win and win a lot. That starts next Saturday at Purdue. Let's see what happens!

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