Head Coach: Tom Crean
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Conference: B1G 10
Mascot: None, Gene Hackman
Last time out: Beat Illinois
Typical Rotation Depth: 8-9 players
Tempo: Pushing it
Style: Get to the free throw line
Line: Nebraska by 1
What not to wear: Rik Smits Jersey
Fun Fact : Huskers have only played Indiana twice in their first two years in conference. The home team has won both games.
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
0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 Fr
15 Ray Gallegos 6-2 182 Sr
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 So
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 So
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 So
11 Yogi Ferrell 6-0 178 So
22 Stanford Robinson 6-4 193 Fr
0 Will Sheehey 6-7 200 Sr
5 Troy Williams 6-7 206 Fr
1 Noah Vonleh 6-10 240 Fr
It's been a whirlwind week, huh? Huskers take on their 3rd opponent in 7 days as the bag of crazy that is the B1G schedule keeps trucking along.
Indiana brings in a young, talented and inconsistent team into Lincoln...the type of team featuring young players going to the NBA. Yogi Ferrell is putting up huge numbers, shooting 40% from 3pt range along with getting to the FT line and racking up assist in his spare time. Possible lottery pick Noah Vonleh is averaging nearly a double-double. This team also hasn't scored over 60 points in it's last two games and has won only 1 of the 4 true away games it has played. (Beat Penn St on the road)
It's tough to put up 35 points and not have people notice in this league. Petteway, much like Yogi Ferrell, is officially on the "stop this guy first" list for B1G teams. Petteway isn't always going to stay out of foul trouble and possibly could be looking at double teams. Who is the Husker that provides the scoring punch with Deverell Biggs no longer on the team? Hopefully the Huskers take a team approach and simply roll with the hot hand...it's much harder to take away a player when you don't know who to take away.
Indiana is a fast break, foul shooting sort of team. The Huskers can run with them but if you make them run an offense they're going to have trouble scoring. The Huskers need to weather any Indiana runs and simply keep believing in themselves...shots will fall, the crowd will cheer, and at the end of the day we have a good shot of seeing Nebraska's first 2 game conference winning streak.
Prediction: Nebraska 74 - Indiana 68 with a 94% chance of Runzas