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Nebraska Men’s Basketball Preview: Iowa

Huskers look to avoid a hangover after the big win against Purdue

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Nebraska Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Day: Friday January 12th, 2024

Time: 8:30 PM CST

Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: Friday’s game will be carried on the Huskers Radio Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington and will also be available on Huskers.com and the Huskers app.

Current Record: 9-6 (1-3 B1G)

Head Coach: Fran McCaffery (13th Season) Record: 512-353

Preview:

This is the quintessential Nebrasketball game where the letdown happens. The Huskers come up with a huge win, and now the hangover game has arrived. It is absolutely imperative that Nebraska keeps its momentum going to help their standing in the B1G.

The Iowa Hawkeyes come into this contest with a 9-6 overall record, but just 1-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are coming of an 86-77 win against Rutgers in their last conference outing, which is the only win for them in conference play. Iowa has plenty of scoring, averaging 86.7 points per game. They do give up a fair number of points, averaging 77.6 points per game allowed. From the floor, Iowa shoots a pretty decent 47.5% and 34.5% from 3-point land. As per usual, they are a decent free-throw shooting team at a 75.5% clip. Iowa is pretty even in the rebounding department, as they collect 38.7 per game, but allow 38.3 rebounds per contest.

Fran McCaffrey’s bunch has some pretty balanced scoring, led by Ben Krikke with 16.7 points per game. Payton Sandfort and Tony Perkins follow with 14.2 and 14.1 points per game respectively. Sandfort leads the Hawkeyes in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game, with Owen Freeman second with 5.7.

Nebraska beat Iowa in both meetings last year, winning 66-50 on December 29th of 2022 in Lincoln, and 81-77 on March 4th, 2023 in Iowa City.