Iowa picked a bad night to come into Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska shot 57% on the night in a 98-84 win over Iowa, the most they have ever scored in a Big Ten conference game. This was helped with the team going 57.9% from three point range shooting 11-19.
The Huskers were also supported by a very full Vault.
Both Nebraska and Iowa started the game off fairly strong. Though the Huskers took the lead early and kept it for the rest of the game. Iowa came within two points of Nebraska half way through the second half but a shooting hot streak by the Huskers extended the lead by 14 and they never looked back.
It wasn’t as if Iowa was playing poorly either. They shot 50% on the night and 42% from beyond the arch. Normally, this would have kept them in the game but the way the Huskers were shooting, it barely made a dent.
Nebraska was lead by James Palmer Jr. who had 28 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. A big night from who has become the top performer on the team.
Palmer was followed by another great performance by Isaac Copeland. The forward had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists on the night.
Glynn Watson Jr. is still having a hard time coming out of his scoring slump. He ended the night with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. The junior point guard will hopefully pull out of this before the Big Ten tournament starts. His touch is missed and will be needed down the stretch as they end the regular season. Though with the influx of other players who can score this season, he may not be needed as much. Only time will tell.
Jordy Tshimanga, who’s status on this team was in question just a couple of weeks ago, had a big night off the bench against the Hawkeyes. The big man ended the game with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Tonight was also special due to the fact that it was apart of the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend. Nebraska’s focus on this was raising awareness for the National Bone Marrow Registry. If you remember a few years back the Huskers had an assistant by the name of Chris Harriman. His son Avery has battled leukemia since he was two years old. He is currently 10 and has two bone marrow transplants since his diagnosis.
While Chris is no longer with the program, the team has constantly offered their support as his family continues to get their son the help he needs.
For more information on how you can help:
In support of Coaches vs. Cancer Week. Especially this boy.....my hero, my inspiration & my son! I love you Avery. #HelpSaveLives #BeTheMatch #AveryStrong https://t.co/o2JKEUBwPU pic.twitter.com/qZ0Z50Kb6R— Chris Harriman (@chrisharriman24) January 27, 2018
The Huskers are now 16-8 and 12-1 at home. They head to Wisconsin on Monday to take on the Badgers at 8pm CST on BTN.