Game Analysis: Nebraska 70, IU 60

Indiana never led once Wednesday night in a 70-60 loss to Nebraska. Having Noah Vonleh didn't help, but not being able to make shots hurt even more. Yogi Ferrell was 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Here is our analysis of what looked good and what needs to improve for the Hoosiers moving forward.

Here is an analysis of Wednesday's 70-60 Indiana loss to Nebraska on Senior Night at Assembly Hall. This analysis is a regular part of our AllHoosiers.com coverage of Indiana basketball this season.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD:Indiana put together a good run in the second half to get back in the game. IU trailed by 11 at 46-35 before going on a 17-6 run to tie it at 52-all with 10 minutes to play. At that moment, it looked as if the Hoosiers might be able to ride the wave of momentum to their third win in a row. Instead, IU couldn't hit enough shots down the stretch and Nebraska managed to sweep Indiana in the season series. Indiana kept its turnover total down and only had 10 against the Huskers. And Nebraska managed just eight points off of those turnovers. There wasn't a lot of good to go around in this one.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:When Yogi Ferrell doesn't shoot the ball well Indiana is going to struggle. And Yogi clearly did not shoot it well on Wednesday night. He was 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-10 from 3-point range. It's probably also not a good statistic when Ferrell was the teams' leading rebounder. He had eight. Noah Vonleh missed his second game in a row and IU suffered on the interior. Indiana had a rough shooting night. It wasn't Northwestern at Assembly Hall rough but close. The Hoosiers shot 36.7 percent from the field and hit 5-of-21 3-point field goals. Two of IU's five starters combined for a single point. Indiana got Nebraska in foul trouble early in the first half with five quick fouls but then the Huskers went nearly 9 minutes before picking up the next one. IU simply needed to initiate the action more and find a way to get into the bonus earlier. That didn't happen.

FOR STARTERS:With Vonleh out for the second game in a row, IU coach Tom Crean went with a starting lineup of Will Sheehey, Troy Williams, Jeff Howard, Austin Etherington and , Ferrell. Those five combined for 42 of IU's 60 points and 21 of the 37 rebounds. The starters made 16-of-42 shots from the field and 5-of-19 3-point shots.

RANKED VS. UNRANKED AT THE HALLIndiana was fine in the regular season at Assembly Hall as long as it faced a ranked foe in conference play. The Hoosiers were 4-1 against ranked home opponents beating Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State and losing to Michigan State. It was the unranked teams that gave the Hoosiers trouble. IU lost to Northwestern, Penn State and Nebraska at home in the 2014 regular season. The only home win against an unranked Big Ten team was over Illinois.

INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATIONS: Here's a look at my own thoughts on a few Indiana players from Thursday's win over Iowa:

1. YOGI FERRELL: Ferrell did everything Wednesday night except hit shots. He ran the offense, led the Hoosiers with eight rebounds and five assists and scored 10 points in 37 minutes. He just couldn't hit shots when IU needed them. He was 1-of-10 from 3-point range and 4-of-14 overall. Here is a statistic for you. In IU's three worst home losses of the Big Ten season against Northwestern, Nebraska and Penn State, Ferrell was a combined 10-of-41 from the field including 5-of-21 from 3-point range.

2. Evan Gordon:: The Hoosiers needed their seniors to step up on Senior Night. Gordon was limited to two points on 0-of-2 shooting from the field with two rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. On nights when the Hoosiers aren't getting big production on the perimeter from a player like Yogi Ferrell, someone like Gordon needs to step up from the perimeter. As it was in this one, Gordon only attempted one 3-point shot and he missed it.

Troy WILLIAMS: Williams had a Big Ten-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and hit both of his 3-point field goal attempts. He came into the game 3-for-25 on the season from 3-point range so this was clearly his best effort of the year from distance. But he still only attempted two of them. If he's hot from there, why not let him shoot a little more? The other thing though is that while Williams played 24 minutes he still wasn't on the floor that much in crunch time. That's the area he clearly needs to improve on moving forward.

NEXT UP: Indiana (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) travels to Michigan Saturday at 6 p.m. to take on the recently crowned Big Ten champion Wolverines. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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