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Game Day Essentials: Game #32 vs Indiana: B1G Tourney

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-24) vs Indiana Hoosiers (19-12)

 

Date: Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020
Time: 7:20ish p.m.  (25 min after the first game)

Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)

Broadcast:  BTN

Indiana Info

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Head Coach: Ryan "Archie" Miller
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Conference: B1G
Nickname: Hoosiers
Line: Indiana by 13.5
Typical Rotation Depth: 10

KenPom rank: 39

Offensive Style: Contact to the rim

Defensive Style: Rebounds

Key Roster Attritions: Cam Mack and Dachon Burke are out

Key Roster Additions: Nebraska adds football players Noah Vedral and Brant Banks

 

 

 

 

Players to watch:   Trayce Jackson-Davis

Freshman PF Jackson-Davis is the biological son of former NBA player Dale Davis as well as a high school McDonalds All-American who thus far has lived up to the hype at Indiana. TJD leads the team in points, rebounds, FTs, and blocks. Has dominated Nebraska in both games this year.

 

Players to watch:       Rob Phinisee and Devonte Green

Indiana's most unsettled position is PG. ATM soph Phinisee has taken over for senior Green. Both players are among the best 3pt shooters for a team that is one of the worst 3pt shooting teams in the conference

 

Roster points

 
  PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
10 Rob Phinisee
6-1  190  So
1 Aljami Durham
6-4  185  Jr
3 Justin Smith
6-7  230  Jr
4 Trayce Jackson-Davis
6-9  245  Fr
50 Joey Brunk
6-11  245  Jr
14.2

 

The Hoosiers play 10-11 guys so you'll see lot of different lineups tonight

 

  • Durham' has the ability to slash to get to the line and make 3s 
  • Justin Smith slides into the 3 for this team and has been very efficient as a secondary piece in the offense
  • Brunk played for Butler last year and has trouble against athletic bigs. Yet another rebounding force
  • Sr center De"Ron Davis has seen limited playing time with all the depth the Hoosiers have at the post. Same for oft injured PF Race Thompson
  • Freshman SG Armaan Franklin started several games to start the season but an inability to shoot has limited his playing time.

 

 

The Skinny:

Relatively speaking this is a decent matchup for Nebraska defensively as Indiana wants to go inside in part because of their poor outside shooting. Indiana has shot more from the outside vs Nebraska than they typically do and did so at a poor percentage. The only problem is that even with Nebraska packing the paint Indiana shredded the Husker inside to the tune of 60%+ for both games.  Indiana also has been elite about getting to the FT line to the point it's very possible you'll see a football player on the court in the first half. The Hoosiers tend to get sloppy so transition buckets should be there for the Huskers.

 

Offensively Nebraska limited their turnovers vs Minnesota and will need to do the same here as offensive rebounds will be few and far between. Speaking of bright spots the Huskers have been making FTs the last couple of games and will probably shoot a decent number today.  Indiana's height will make finishing at the rim difficult. Is Nebraska due to hit some 3s?

 

An important question here is how much is Indiana concentrating on Nebraska and how much are they looking ahead to Penn St? The Hoosiers should be good enough to win regardless but the Huskers are no strangers to beating B1G tournament teams going through the motions. If Indiana gets comfortable shooting from outside it's going to get ugly.

 

Prediction: Indiana 82 - Nebraska 67


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I am calling my shot now.  Nebraska will win the last game of their season.

 

Tonight, Nebraska beats IU thanks to an amazing game from Cheatham and a few points from Noah.  After the game, it is revealed that a fan in attendance has been diagnosed with COVID 19 and leads the Big 10 to cancel the rest of the tournament and send the regular season champ as their auto-bid. 

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6 hours ago, jimmykc said:

Quick, who is the last football player to score a point for the basketball team? Hint: It was not Matt Davison. 

Wasn’t Tanner Borchardt a Football player before he joined the basketball team....?

Edited by Handy Johnson

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here's to sending the Jimmy Chitwoods home in sorrow. IU's got a lot on the line, though, so this is going to be one motivated bunch of hosers, eh?

 

Maybe Thor will bring his plucky back-bench luck from last season to the tourney. We could use one good belly laugh at a overconfident opponent before this show wraps up for the next year.

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9 hours ago, hskr4life said:

I am calling my shot now.  Nebraska will win the last game of their season.

 

Tonight, Nebraska beats IU thanks to an amazing game from Cheatham and a few points from Noah.  After the game, it is revealed that a fan in attendance has been diagnosed with COVID 19 and leads the Big 10 to cancel the rest of the tournament and send the regular season champ as their auto-bid. 

 

Seriously didn't think this was a possibility.  However, anything is now possible in terms of if the rest of this tournament or the Big Dance will even happen.  WOW WOW WOW.

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