Looking for a big win

LINCOLN, Neb - Coming off a win against Penn State on Saturday night, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are back at it this week with match-ups against the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2), and the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (20-4, 9-2).

It may be one of the toughest stretches of the schedule, but just an ordinary night in the Big Ten Conference. For the first time as members as the Big Ten, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles and crew travel to Bloomington, Indiana, where they will take on Tom Crean's, No. 1 Hoosiers. A few days later it will be Tom Izzo's No. 8 Spartans making he trip to Lincoln.


No matter the disparity between teams, there is usually at least one weakness that a team can expose, even for a top ranked team. Unfortunately, Indiana is not one of those teams. With one of the best starting line ups in the country, the Hoosiers present a problem with any team that they play.

"Indiana is a phenomenal team," said Miles. "They have immense talent, and we have to be able to control the tempo."

Sophomore Cody Zeller is a projected top 5 pick in this June's NBA Draft and has an impressive supporting cast. Victor Oladipo, Jordan Huls and Christian Watford present an athletic and defensive minded front.

Regarding Zeller, "He's definitely one of the best," said Ubel. "He plays really hard for 40 minutes."

Last year, when these two teams met, it was two late free throws by the Huskers that would have the fans storing the court, as the Huskers shocked Indiana, 70-69.

"This is a much improved team," said Miles. "They have more talent, they're playing better, they defend much better, and we're not the same team."


With Indiana being the top ranked team in the country, it's hard to believe that they may not even be the best team in the conference. Izzo brings in his No. 8 Spartans coming off a dominating performance against the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State may be playing at the highest level of any team in the conference and the country.

The Huskers take on Indiana, in Bloomington on Wednesday night, and take on the Spartans Saturday night at the Devaney Center.

Video courtesy of www.Huskers.com

- Josh Harvey -

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