Head Coach: Ryan "Archie" Miller
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Last time out: Lost to Wisconsin in 2OT
Line: Indiana by 7
Typical Rotation Depth: 7-9
KenPom rank: 23
Key Injuries: Armaan Franklin - IU's starting guard isn't expected to play because of an ankle injury
Nebraska had to pause practice for 2 days to clear guys for Covid. The Huskers will be without one player who hasn't been named yet. (Expect there to be a starting lineup change) Speaking of changes to the lineup, Derrick Walker should make his debut but Hoiberg notes he's not in 'game shape' yet.
Players to watch: Trayce Jackson-Davis
Sophomore PF Jackson-Davis has picked up where he left off last year as one of the best front court players in the conference. Averaging over 20 points per game, TJD also leads the team in rebounds and blocks. Has yet to take a 3pt shot this year.
- Much like TJD, Durham and Phinisee play a lot of minutes. They both aren't great from outside but are the secondary scoring behind TJD
- Race Thompson is an elite shot blocker and rebounder
- Jerome Hunter isn't a rim protector but is more aggressive on the offensive end than Thompson
- Freshmen Galloway or Leal currently are 5th options on offense in a time share
- 5 star frosh PG Khristian Lander has played sparingly
Offensively Indiana is the one-dimensional type of team that Nebraska wants to defend. They're not a great 3pt shooting team and their best 3pt shooter is out. The Huskers will spend the day trying to pack the paint in an attempt to slow down Trayce Jackson-Davis. Easier said than done.
Indiana is built on half court defense so transition offense won't be there for Nebraska. Against Michigan St Trey McGowens managed to beat the defense back a few times. If he can pull that off against Indiana, Nebraska has something. The Hoosiers are a strict man-to-man team so look for Nebraska to try and exploit the freshmen's inexperience or the lack of height from Indiana's guards. Speeding up Indiana might help though this is where the lack of a home crowd really hurts the Huskers; it's much easier to goad a team into running when you can feed off the energy of a crowd.
Can Nebraska hit from outside? Really that feels like the question as to whether or not Nebraska will be in a game.
Prediction: Nebraska 59 - Indiana 66