Head Coach: Chris Collins
Location: Evanston, IL
Mascot: Willie the Wildcat
Last time out: Lost to Minnesota
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Shirt not to wear: Purple, Thundercat
Line: Northwestern by 1
Tempo: Slow paced
Style: High assist
4 Factors Good: Not turning the ball over, shooting defense
4 Factors Bad: Losing in the FT Game
|Off. Reb. %:||31.7||30.3||29.7|
Most Frequently Used Lineup over the last 5 games
Benson has been filling in for an injured Dererk Pardon
Player to Watch: Bryant McIntosh
The Junior has been the starting PG since he walked on campus and the offense runs through him. McIntosh has been struggling with his shot most of the year.
Northwestern doesn't have a bad loss on the schedule and have been in every game this year. The Wildcats find themselves on a legit path to their first ever NCAA tourney bid and Nebraska on the road represents a game they will be highly motivated to win. Offensively the Wildcats aren't a superior shooting team though they patiently work their way to good looks; McIntosh, Lindsey, and Law take the majority of the shots. On defense, the Wildcats' guard the 3 well and back it up with superior shot blocking ability in the paint. The Huskers should have spent plenty of time working on their FTs as it should be part of their gameplan when attacking. Nebraska will continue to crash the offensive boards, especially since NW won't make you pay as much as other teams.
With Isaiah Roby questionable to play you might see some more Jack McVeigh or even Nick Fuller. The lack of size and 3pt shooting bigs for NW means Jordy once again mainly rides the bench. This seems like it should be a low scoring affair that could come down to a couple of key possessions. Give the edge to the home team.
Prediction: Nebraska 68 - Northwestern 65 with a 45% chance of Runzas