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Huskers try and make their last game a win

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes Preview

Date: Saturday, March 9th

Time: 1:00pm CST

Location: Lincoln, NE

TV: BTN

2018-19 Record: 21-8 (10-8 Big Ten)

Last Meeting: January 6th - Iowa 93 Nebraska 84

This is it folks, the last game of the season. After this the Cornhuskers will find themselves in the Big Ten Tournament and then...who knows.

So, we now play Iowa in Lincoln. Since the last time we saw the Hawkeyes they’ve gone 9-6. Three of those losses have come in the last three games. These were a 20 point loss to Ohio State, 14 points to Rutgers, and another 20 point loss to arch rival Wisconsin. Three very unusual losses from a team that was looking at a great year not but just a few weeks ago.

Well, they also lost head coach Fran McCaffrey to a suspension for berating a ref after the Ohio State loss. He served his two game suspension and will be back on the bench against Nebraska.

Maybe that will hep improve Iowa’s recent run of poor defense, shooting, and just general poor play.

They are still lead by Tyler Cook who is averaging 15.2 points and 8 rebounds. All while shooting a very nice 54% from the floor on the year. He had 16 points and 8 rebounds against the Cornhuskers back in January. Expect the Junior forward to do even more damage against Nebraska on Saturday. I mean, Nebraska is kind of low on players now. Let alone forwards that can go against Cook.

One player that has been hit or miss for Iowa but had a HUGE game against Nebraska was guard Jordan Bohannon. He’s pushed his time up as the year has gone on and is currently averaging 11.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Against Nebraska in January he had a whopping 25 points and three rebounds off the bench. I’m not sure he can replicate that success again in Lincoln but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Also of note is Ryan Kriener. The 6’9” forward had 14 points against Nebraska despite only averaging 5.6 points on the year. The Huskers have note done well as of late against the big men of the Big Ten outside of Purdue and it wouldn’t surprise me if he has another nice performance.

Prediction

Everyone is going to be very very quite after this game is over.

Very quiet, right?

University of Iowa 78 University of Nebraska 67