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The Huskers almost took home a win in Bloomington back in December. Can they pull off the upset in the rematch?

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers Preview

Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Time: 6:00pm CST

Location: Lincoln, NE

Record: 13-4 (3-3 Conference)

Previous Meeting: Indiana 96 Nebraska 90 (OT) on December 13th, 2019

Preview:

The last time we saw the mighty Hoosiers they were pulling away from Nebraska in overtime to win in Bloomington. Yeah, it was a tough loss for Nebraska. But, it showed what the Huskers were capable of. The next game the Big Red beat the other Big Ten team from Indiana, Purdue.

Indiana has since gone 3-3 with wins over Notre Dame (another team from Indiana), Northwestern, and then #11 Ohio State. Their losses have been to Arkansas, #15 Maryland, and the mighty Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is still playing well averaging 14 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks a game. All three of those stats lead the Hoosiers. He was a problem for the Huskers the first time around and should be again. In the win in Bloomington the 6’9” forward had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots against the Big Red. Considering Nebraska had a hard time against him the first time around I would expect much of the same when they come to Lincoln.

Indiana is still struggling from the outside. Shooting just 29% from beyond the arch this season. Making it Nebraska goal to keep them out of the paint and the ball around the perimeter. The Hoosiers have also lost all three of their Big Ten away games this season. So, a trip to Lincoln could create an environment for the Huskers to take advantage of.

Indiana has also not been the most consistent teams throughout the games that they have played. It cost them a win against a rising Rutgers squad on Wednesday night. Nebraska will need to take advantage of this to pull off the win at home against an Indiana team that also needs to head home victorious.

Prediction:

If Nebraska comes out and plays like it did when they lost to Indiana in overtime, I think this could be a win for the Huskers. The home crowd mixed in with a decent yet inconsistent Indiana squad should help make that happen.

However, Nebraska has been even more inconsistent than the Hoosiers. Not just for moments in a game, but for entire games. Until they clean up their play on a regular basis, I see Indiana winning game number two against Nebraska.

Indiana University 78 University of Nebraska 71