Head Coach: Chris Collins
Location: Evanstan, IL
Conference: B1G 10
Mascot: Willie the Wildcat
Last time out: Beat Minnesota
Typical Rotation Depth: 6-7 players
Line: NW by 2
Fun Fact : Chris Collins is the son of former NBA player/coach Doug Collins. He played for and coached at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski. His basketball pedigree is the opposite of Tim Miles.
Fun Fact : Northwestern is the only private school in the B1G
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
14 Tre Demps 6-2 193 So
23 JerShon Cobb 6-5 205 Jr
1 Drew Crawford 6-5 215 Sr
34 Sanjay Lumpkin 6-6 210 Fr
22 Alex Olah 7-0 265 So
After a beatdown in both halves on the road vs. Michigan the Huskers spent Thursday talking instead of practicing. One they they talked about was controlling the tempo on the road, which means not playing slow down ball with Northwestern
Northwestern packs the paint like it's the Doc Sadler era. You can defeat this through 3pt shooting or passing, two things the Huskers don't necessarily excel at. Terran Petteway is going to find it tough to drive into the lane. He and the Huskers still need to keep at it free throws and Wildcat foul trouble can help Nebraska pull this out.
Northwestern has had a week to prepare for this game and will be ready for the normal Husker game plan. Look for someone unexpected to lead the Huskers in scoring or/and shooting today. It could be Ray Gallegos taking advantage or it could be Walt Pitchford's coming out party or Nate Hawkins starting.
While the Huskers don't play that well on the road, the Wildcats don't play that much better at home either and typically feature one of the smallest crowds in the conference. This could be a game where either team wins by 20 or it goes into 4OTs
Prediction: Nebraska 62 - Northwestern 57