Well if one thing was for certain, Nebraska fans did not expect to beat the #23 team in the country by 20 points at home. It happened with the Cornhuskers blowing past the Wolverines Thursday night, 72-52.
James Palmer Jr. had a big game for the Huskers, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 5-8 shooting from the field. In addition, Palmer added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 32 minutes. Isaiah Roby added 14 points, 1 steal, and 2 blocks, while Isaac Copeland chipped in 13 points. Glynn Watson Jr. also contributed with 8 points and 3 steals.
After Michigan hit a three with 13:52 left in the first half, it was all Nebraska. The Huskers compiled an 8-0 scoring run giving them a 6-point advantage. Their lead would grow to ten points and then 12 in the closing minutes of the half. After Isaac Copeland knocked down back-to-back jumpers in the first half, he would wind up with the final bucket of the first half. Nebraska held a 32-21 advantage at the break over the Wolverines.
The second half would not go dominant like the first half of play, but Nebraska played well enough to escape with an easy victory. The Huskers had an early 8-2 scoring run which gave them a large 14-point cushion with about 16 minutes left in the half. Beyond that point, the scoring spurts would come at the same time for both Nebraska and Michigan. The Cornhuskers would end up outscoring Michigan 40-31 in the second half.
Nebraska’s shooting was absolutely fabulous which played a large role in their overall success. The Cornhuskers shot 26-47 (55.3%) from the field, 5-11 (45.5%) from distance, and 15-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line. Michigan failed to reach Nebraska’s numbers failing to reach 40% from the field, 25% from distance, nor 65% from the charity stripe. No surprise but Nebraska’s defense played a role in that too, holding the Wolverines to just 52 points, a new season-low. They were also very efficient with their rebounding, grabbing 29 boards with 7 on offense and 22 on defense. Additionally, the Huskers added 12 assists, 9 steals, and 4 blocks while only committing 9 turnovers.
Nebraska will travel to Columbus, Ohio where they will face Ohio State on Monday night at 8:00 PM Eastern. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.