The Hilkemann Overview: Nebraska vs Indiana

Nebraska came up with a huge, come-from-behind win Wednesday night against No.11 Indiana. The Huskers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but took the lead on two free throws from Jorge Brian Diaz with 11 seconds to go and held on for a 70-69 win.

*The most success for Nebraska on the offensive end came from its inside-out game. Diaz and Ubel didn't have great stats, but they made it possible for Nebraska to make 10 three-pointers in the game and just free up their teammates overall.

*On defense, Nebraska did just enough, at just the right time to win. Freshman Cody Zeller scored 18 points for the Hoosiers and at times it seemed as though Indiana was scoring at will (41 points in the first half) but late in the game the Huskers clamped down and didn't foul – an important difference to note from previous games.

*The game was definitely a tale of two halves. Indiana shot a scorching 62 percent from the floor in the first half, but only 40 percent in the second half. Indiana used the three-pointer to answer runs by Nebraska for the entire first half (starting the game 5-of-7 from beyond the arc), but this didn't happen as much in the second half (3-of-9).

*Bo Spencer had a huge game. He kept them in it, especially when it seemed as though the lead had gotten to be too much to overcome. He finished with 23 points and most of those came in key situations.

*After the game Coach Sadler said that one of the keys to the upset was free throws. Nebraska finished the game 14-of-19 from the line and in the second half shot 9-of-11 (82 percent), including the two clutch free throws from Diaz with 11 seconds left on the clock. Sadler said making free throws is the only way that Nebraska is able to get enough points to win, and they definitely were successful.

*Dylan Talley played really well down the stretch, not only hitting clutch shots, but getting big rebounds as well. He seems to be getting healthier, at least enough so to make an impact late in the game. Also on the injury front, Coach Sadler said that Diaz will probably just play in games and sit out practice. Despite playing with his injury Diaz scored 10 points for Nebraska.

- Josh Harvey -

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