Head Coach: Ryan "Archie" Miller
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Line: Indiana by 13.5
Typical Rotation Depth: 10
KenPom rank: 39
Offensive Style: Contact to the rim
Defensive Style: Rebounds
Key Roster Attritions: Cam Mack and Dachon Burke are out
Key Roster Additions: Nebraska adds football players Noah Vedral and Brant Banks
Players to watch: Trayce Jackson-Davis
Freshman PF Jackson-Davis is the biological son of former NBA player Dale Davis as well as a high school McDonalds All-American who thus far has lived up to the hype at Indiana. TJD leads the team in points, rebounds, FTs, and blocks. Has dominated Nebraska in both games this year.
Players to watch: Rob Phinisee and Devonte Green
Indiana's most unsettled position is PG. ATM soph Phinisee has taken over for senior Green. Both players are among the best 3pt shooters for a team that is one of the worst 3pt shooting teams in the conference
The Hoosiers play 10-11 guys so you'll see lot of different lineups tonight
- Durham' has the ability to slash to get to the line and make 3s
- Justin Smith slides into the 3 for this team and has been very efficient as a secondary piece in the offense
- Brunk played for Butler last year and has trouble against athletic bigs. Yet another rebounding force
- Sr center De"Ron Davis has seen limited playing time with all the depth the Hoosiers have at the post. Same for oft injured PF Race Thompson
- Freshman SG Armaan Franklin started several games to start the season but an inability to shoot has limited his playing time.
Relatively speaking this is a decent matchup for Nebraska defensively as Indiana wants to go inside in part because of their poor outside shooting. Indiana has shot more from the outside vs Nebraska than they typically do and did so at a poor percentage. The only problem is that even with Nebraska packing the paint Indiana shredded the Husker inside to the tune of 60%+ for both games. Indiana also has been elite about getting to the FT line to the point it's very possible you'll see a football player on the court in the first half. The Hoosiers tend to get sloppy so transition buckets should be there for the Huskers.
Offensively Nebraska limited their turnovers vs Minnesota and will need to do the same here as offensive rebounds will be few and far between. Speaking of bright spots the Huskers have been making FTs the last couple of games and will probably shoot a decent number today. Indiana's height will make finishing at the rim difficult. Is Nebraska due to hit some 3s?
An important question here is how much is Indiana concentrating on Nebraska and how much are they looking ahead to Penn St? The Hoosiers should be good enough to win regardless but the Huskers are no strangers to beating B1G tournament teams going through the motions. If Indiana gets comfortable shooting from outside it's going to get ugly.
Prediction: Indiana 82 - Nebraska 67