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Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (11-2)

Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City (Cap 15.400)
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2013
Time: 6 pm, CST
TV: BTN

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Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka; Color: NOBODY!

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Iowa Info
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Head Coach: Fran McCaffery
Location: Iowa City, OH
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Hawkeyes, Hawks
Mascots: Herky the Hawk
Last time out: Beat Arkansas Pine Bluffs 9 days ago
Typical Rotation Depth: 10-11 players
Line: Iowa by 15
Fun Fact: Mike Gesell is from Sioux City, Nebraska. While we have never been to his basement, we assume it's full of Iowa memorabilia

Possible Starters

Huskers

0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 Fr
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 Jr
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 So
15 Ray Gallegos 6-2 182 Sr
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 So


Hawkeyes


10 Mike Gesell 6-1 190 So
4 Roy Devyn Marble 6-6 200 Sr
1 Melsahn Basabe 6-7 220 Sr
30 Aaron White 6-9 220 Jr
34 Adam Woodbury 7-1 245 So

The Skinny

This might be the best Iowa team since 2006 when the Hawkeyes went 25-9 while winning the Big 10 tournament and securing a 3 seed. They were upset in the first round by Northwestern St.)

Fran McCaffery's fast paced offense finally has the players necessary to not only put up points but also put in effort on the defensive end. The Hawkeyes have 4 players with double digit scoring and attack the basket all game. Iowa get the majority of their points in the paint and regularly frequents the FT line.

This is McCaffery's 4th year at Iowa. Two years ago they ago they went 18-17 including being thumped by Creighton. There are a lot of parallels you can make between the two programs and their current trajectories. The only problem tonight is that the Huskers are two years behind Iowa. Tonight you'll feel like Nebraska might have their offense a little figured out and probably think our defense has bottomed out. That's what today's Iowa team will do to you.
 

 

Prediction: Iowa 93 - Nebraska 74

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I dunno...for some reason I have a strange feeling about this game.

Would love to be wrong on this one...should be entertaining to watch regardless
Absolutely. I don't necessarily think we will win, but I won't be surprised to see us in it till the end. Someone unexpected might step up

I think this one might feel a bit like the UMASS game. High-scoring offenses tonight, up and down the court, Iowa grabs the lead but the Huskers score enough to hang around until late.

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I dunno...for some reason I have a strange feeling about this game.

Would love to be wrong on this one...should be entertaining to watch regardless
Absolutely. I don't necessarily think we will win, but I won't be surprised to see us in it till the end. Someone unexpected might step up

And who do you think this may be?

Tai has been playing better... Maybe him

Biggs will wanna prove something common off suspension

Shields could breakout.

Could be anyone

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