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Nebraska Basketball: Illinois Defeats Nebraska 73-57

Illinois dominates the second half and beats the Huskers at home.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

This may have been the worst loss for Nebraska this season. A very disappointing game in which the Huskers were favored and needed this win. This was a game that could have kept the Huskers out of that dreaded Wednesday game in the Big Ten Tournament. But with this loss and the schedule ahead, it looks like the Huskers will in fact be playing the Wednesday game. The last two games are at Minnesota and at home vs Michigan. Both of those games are very tough and Nebraska needs to win those too.

The Good

Honestly there wasn’t much good in this game. Illinois basically dominated the entire game, especially the second half. Tai Webster was able to score 17 points in this game. But that was about it. Nobody else was able to really get going on offense. Ed Morrow played pretty well in this game. He had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Nebraska did shoot better from the free-throw line going 11-13.

The Bad

The same problems that have bothered the Huskers this season seem to keep coming back. Turnovers and three-point defense. Nebraska had 18 turnovers in this game which led to 21 Illinois points. This is something that needs to be fixed. Nebraska has been able to win games this season with few turnovers. That was not the case on Sunday night. Illinois also shot an astounding 50% from three-point range. Illinois went 13-26 from beyond the arc in this game. They also went 5-5 from three to start the second half. When teams are making threes against Nebraska, the Huskers struggle to compete in games.

What’s Next?

Nebraska gets a few days to take a look at this one and get ready for Minnesota. The Huskers play the Gophers on Thursday night. Minnesota is one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, winning seven games in a row. This is definitely going to be a tough road game for the Huskers. And it’s a win they really need. Tip-off is at 6PM and can be seen on ESPN.

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