Coming into this game, Nebraska needed a win. With strong chances of starting off 3-0 in Big Ten play, two blown road games resulted in a 1-2 record. Nebraska needed to win this one. Let’s get into it.
Miles Jacket tracker: 19:10
Both teams started off hot, with the huskers drilling a couple threes, as well as Iowa. Isaiah Roby got going early, matching up well with Tyler Cook, due to Iowa’s Luke Garza’s injury.
The hot scoring trend continued past the U16 media timeout, with Iowa attacking the basket, and Nebraska using long range, courtesy of Isaac Copeland and Nana Akenten.
After the U12 media timeout, it became the Copeland and Cook show, fueling each team’s offense when no others could contribute. Good to see Copeland do so considering his struggles against Maryland last game.
Of course as soon as Copeland and Roby began to heat up, both received two fouls and had to come out, giving life to Iowa at the U4 media timeout, with the score 35-30 Hawkeyes.
Nebraska clawed their way back at the end of the half, thanks to James Palmer Jr., down one with 3.2 to go. However Jordan Bohannon decided to run the court and chuck up a running three, banking it in and giving Iowa a 44-40 lead at halftime.
In other news, THOR sighting at the 17.5 second mark in first half.
Beginning of first half went alright, with Copeland picking up where he left off, but some questionable shots from Palmer and a terrific zone defense from Iowa led to a 10-3 run at the U16 media timeout, giving Iowa their largest lead of the game, 56-47.
The woes didn’t end, with Roby providing the only offense against Iowa’s zone. When two or more of the “Big 4” struggle, usually it won’t end well for Nebraska. Not to mention Glynn Watson Jr. and Roby both picked up their fourth foul at the U12 Media Timeout.
A switch to the 1-3-1 defense gave the Huskers some life, causing three straight turnovers, but couldn’t convert on offense. From the U8-U4 Media Timeouts, Nebraska would flirt with a six-four point deficit, but then go cold.
Foul trouble and bad shot selections were the ultimate demise for the Huskers, but you have to give Iowa and Bohannon credit. Iowa played a great zone and forced the cold Huskers to shoot the three, and Bohannon made almost every three.
A good thing to see though was Isaac Copeland coming back, scoring 24 and grabbing six rebounds. He needs to contribute to contribute like he did in non conference play.
FINAL SCORE: Iowa 93 Nebraska 84