At this point, it’s probably time to stop sleeping on Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have won four out of their last five games, including three straight wins over quality Big Ten opponents. The Huskers have dethroned Minnesota, Michigan, and Northwestern back when they were good. Nebraska picked up another strong win on Monday night with a second-half rally in a 74-63 win over Wisconsin.
Down 50-40 about halfway into the second half, Nebraska’s chances of winning slimmed before storming back and tying it at 58-58 six minutes later. They then built off their lead, up by five points with under 60 seconds left in the game. From there, a Cornhuskers victory seemed probable with the late advantage and all the momentum. They would score 9 points in the final minute which helped build separation between the two teams en route to Nebraska outscoring Wisconsin 44-31 in the final half of play.
James Palmer Jr. played a big role in the Huskers comeback, finishing with a team-high 28 points and 8 boards. Isaac Copeland added 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals while Glynn Watson Jr. finished with 15 points and 5 assists. Jordy Tshimanga chipped in 9 points and 4 rebounds off the bench for Nebraska.
Nebraska did not light it up on shooting like their big win over Iowa, but they still managed better numbers than Wisconsin’s. The Huskers shot 41.1 percent from the field, 21.1 percent from three, and a solid 85.7 percent from the charity stripe. Nebraska really stood out from the free throw line, connecting on 24-of-28 attempts compared to Wisconsin’s mediocre 16-of-31.
In addition, the Huskers won the “Battle for Boards”, slightly outrebounding the Badgers 34-32. Everywhere else on the scoreboard, Nebraska had 10 assists, 6 steals, and 4 blocks while only committing 6 turnovers.
Nebraska will travel to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers next Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.