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The 10th seeded Huskers meet the 7th seeded Wolverines in the second round of the conference tournament

Nebraska v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Michigan Wolverines

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m. (CT)

Bankers Life Fieldhouse (20,000) - Indianapolis

Live TV: BTN (Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott)

Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (5:15 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha - CD 105.9 FM Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

The Wolverines own a 7-4 record since suffering a 74-71 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln on Jan. 19. The Huskers went in the opposite direction, going 3-8 since that game. The Wolverines adjusted to the loss of a starting player to a knee injury, while Nebraska misplaced their offense. Michigan is working on solidifying an NCAA tournament bid with a win while Nebraska is likely to get into the WNIT, win or lose.

You can probably guess how optimistic I am for the Huskers to improve their record in the conference tournament.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Fourth Season at Nebraska (59-61); 13th Season Overall (252-170)

Michigan Wolverines (19-10, 10-8 Big Ten)
00 - Naz Hillmon - 6-2 - So. - F - 17.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg
15 - Hailey Brown - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg
1 - Amy Dilk - 6-0 - So. - G - 11.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
3 - Maddie Nolan - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg
14 - Akienreh Johnson - 6-0 - Sr. - G - 10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Off the Bench
34 - Izabel Varejão - 6-4 - Fr. - F/C - 5.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
24 - Michelle Sidor - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 3.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg
33 - Emily Kiser - 6-3 - So. - F - 3.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg
2 - Priscilla Smeenge - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 1.7 ppg, 0.4 rpg
23 - Danielle Rauch - 5-8 - So. - G - 1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Out for Season
5 - Kayla Robbins - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 11.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993) Eighth Season at Michigan (175-95); 24th Season Overall (445-301)

Trivia

Nicea Eliely is scheduled to make her 115th career start, which will move her into 10th in Nebraska history ahead of former WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (Indiana Fever) on the Husker all-time list for starts.