The Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team took a 6-6 record into the state of Indiana and pulled off their first major upset of the season against #19 Indiana on Wednesday night. The 87-83 win was the Huskers first win over a ranked opponent this season. Aggressiveness and smart basketball catapulted the Huskers into a 1-0 conference record to end 2016.
The Huskers started out strong against the Hoosiers in a game that will set Nebraska up nicely to start the conference season. They lead by as much as 12 points half way through the first half before Indiana came back and took a 36-33 lead going into the half.
The second half was similar to the first as the Huskers didn’t let up and took back the lead about 4 minutes in. Indiana played hard but could not withstand the Huskers defense which kept pressure on the Hoosier shooting for the rest of the night.
The Huskers were lead by a very hot Glenn Watson who had 26 points on the night while also taking away 5 steals and 4 assists for the Big Red. He was followed by point guard Tai Webster who had 21 points and 4 steals against the Hoosiers.
Jeriah Horne came off the bench and delivered 11 points in the win. Isaiah Roby also had a big second half with 8 points and 6 rebounds. The win would not have been there if both of these guys didn’t step up and help the team.
As a whole, the Huskers shot 48.4% from the field and also a very nice 50% from beyond the arch. Not too bad for a team who couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn for the last month.
The Hoosiers entire lineup ended the the night all in double digits but couldn’t not get it together to come back and win the game. They were lead by Robert Johnson who had 19 points and 4 rebounds on the night. He was easily the most active player on the court for the Hoosiers. Following him was Thomas Bryant who brought home 17 points and a team high of 10 rebounds.
Indiana struggled to get a lot going on offense, even with their scoring runs in the first and second halves. They ended the night shooting 43.1% from the field and 44% from the three point line. I must state that this is a very good and talented Indiana team who had a 26 game home win streak going into tonight. They will play #6 Louisville on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what this loss could do to the team going into such a high profile game.
This is a huge win for the Big Red and they will hopefully take this well played action into the conference slate. If they keep it up, it could be a very nice 2017 for Nebraska.
Nebraska will play Maryland to start the new year on Monday, January 1st in College Park. The Terrapins are 13-1 with a 9-1 home record this season.