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Game Day Essentials: Game #13 vs Indiana

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) vs Indiana Hoosiers (10-3)

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Date: Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. CST
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Capacity: 15,000

Broadcast Information

Television: Big Ten Network

Online: BTN.com and BTN2GO

Announcers: Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris

Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 92); XM (195)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

Indiana Scouting Thread

Indiana Info
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Head Coach: Tom Crean
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Hoosiers
Mascot: None, Gene Hackman
Last time out: Lost to Georgetown
Typical Rotation Depth: 8-10 players
Tempo: Pushing it
Offensive Style: 3pt Blitz
Defensive Style: Outscore the other team
Line: Indiana by 6
Fun Fact : Tom Crean is married to Joani Harbaugh, the sister of John and Jim Harbaugh
Fun Fact : Creaning is listed in the Urban Dictionary as The practice of pulling a scholarship from a college athlete(s) in order to open up a scholarship for a more highly valued recruit.
Educated Guess : Tom Crean actively pays someone to keep up his wikipedia page

Other Previews
Huskers.com - http://www.huskers.c...6&DB_OEM_ID=100
Journal Star - http://journalstar.c...168bc52ad3.html
Inside the Hall -http://www.insidethe...ect-nebraska-5/

Possible Starters


3 Benny Parker 5-9 172 Jr
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 215 Jr
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 221 Jr

2 David Rivers 6-7 200 Sr
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 237 Jr


11 Kevin Yogi Ferrell 6-0 178 Jr
1 James Blackmon 6-4 190 Fr
4 Robert Johnson 6-3 195 Fr
5 Troy Williams 6-7 206 So
12 Hanner Mosquera-Perea 6-9 225 Jr

Player to Watch

James Blackmon: Indiana's great shooting PG Yogi Ferrell is still here but these days he's coupled with Freshman SG James Blackmon. Blackmon is the leading scorer and shoots 44% from 3pt range.

The Skinny
Last season it was Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh with an inside/outside game. This year it's Yogi Ferrell shooting 47% from 3 along with 3 other teammates who shoot over 40% from 3 to go along with no inside presence. This team can flat out shoot and score as they've put up 74 on Louisville and 73 on Butler, two very good defensive teams. They're the type of team that loves to offensively rebound much more than defensively. The Huskers are going to need to score today to win, especially since they prefer to pack inside the arc.

The Hoosiers don't play particularly good defense but they don't foul. The Huskers are going to need to hit some wide open 3s when available and slash to the lane without fear of blocked shots. This isn't a smashmouth Indiana team so don't worry about altering shots for contact that typically won't be there. The student section will be non-existent this game but there should be a decent amount of holiday cheer in this crowd. Expect a young Hoosier team on their first true road game to experience some jitters if/when the crowd gets going.

This game is going to come down to tempo. A faster pace is going to favor Indiana so the Huskers will milk some clock on offense before they go to work. The Hoosiers will score in spurts so the Huskers need to weather those storms knowing that there will be dry spells for the Hoosiers, especially in the second half.

In my mind this is a pick'um and the Huskers are fully capable of winning. I'm picking the Hoosiers to today to hedge my bets.
Prediction: Indiana 71 - Nebraska 69 with a 84% chance of Runzas.

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