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    Game Day Essentials: Game #20 at Michigan

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-7) vs Michigan Wolverines (12-8)


      Date: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015

      Time: 6:00 p.m. CST

      Arena: Crisler Center

      Capacity: 12,707

      Broadcast Information

      Television: ESPN

      Online: WatchESPN.com

      Announcers: Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Sam Ponder

      Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 93); XM (195)

      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka

      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

    Michigan Info


    Head Coach: John Beilein

    Location: Ann Arbor, MI

    Conference: B1G 10

    Nickname: Wolverines

    Mascots: None

    Last time out: Lost to Wisconsin

    Typical Rotation Depth: 8 players

    Offense: Love the 3

    Defense: Pressure

    Tempo: Slow

    Fun Fact: Michigan tried to flip a Nebraska recruit by implying he wouldn't be good enough to go there without football. It didn't work.

    Fun Fact: The student section for Michigan has taken to wearing "Jorts" when the Huskers come to town.

    Fun Fact: Walter Pitchford is from Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Players to watch: Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton

    Irvin, Walton and Caris LeVert were the top 3 scoring options for Michigan until LeVert was lost of the season just two games ago. Both players are comfortable shooting from anywhere on the court. Irvin is 6'6" and leads the team in 3pt attempts. Combo guard Derrick Walton has the most FT attempts on a team that doesn't shoot a lot of them.

    The Skinny

    Michigan on paper represents a winnable road game for a team that hasn't won a lot of road games in the Tim Miles era. In 2+ seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers are up to 6 road wins including just one this season over Florida St. Michigan is a young team once again with three players from their Elite 8 team leaving early for the NBA. They had a shaky start dropping games to NJIT and Eastern Michigan but have rebounded with a friendly schedule to start conference play 5-3. Unknown whether or not their home Wisconsin OT loss will be any sort of factor tonight.

    The Wolverines play above average defense and shoot a lot of 3s. Slow and cautious like most Beilein teams, Michigan won't turn the ball over and will operate in the half court without much urgency. Their small lineup doesn't grab many offensive boards but will cause turnover troubles for the Huskers on defense. Michigan doesn't draw much contact on either side of the ball so Nebraska will need to score without much help from the FT line.

    Michigan has only two post players of size who don't typically play at the same time. If Walt Pitchford is in the lineup with Leslee or Moses he'll finally get to guard a perimeter player. New and Old Testament probably don't play a ton in this game but Molinari has the option of guarding the 3 pt line in this game while confidently covering Michigan big men 1-on-1. This game should be a chess match of substitutions.

    At no time should the Huskers feel comfortable with a lead as Michigan has outscored all of their conference opponents at home in the last 10 minutes of regulation. In what will be a slow low scoring game against a Husker team that hasn't won on the road and can't close out game, Michigan should be favored. We have PBA Magic at home. Let's hope we can be #AveryStrong on the road.

    Prediction: Michigan 57 - Nebraska 54

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    You were on top of this one, HB. Just like picking Michigan to win this one even before we found out Walton wasn't playing. I vote to retire the black unis for the rest of the year. They haven't worked well since Danny Nee was coach.

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