At home in Pinnacle Bank Arena in the last week of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska beat Indiana 66-57.
James Palmer had 15 points on 6-13 shooting along with 2 steals, Isaac Copeland finished with 13 points on 5-13 shooting, and finally, Isaiah Roby chipped in 11 points on 4-7 shooting and 9 rebounds. Glynn Watson would contribute 8 points on 3-7 shooting along with 2 steals, while Evan Taylor had 7 points on 2-5 shooting and 7 rebounds.
Despite James Palmer hitting a three on the Huskers first possession inside the first minute of the game, Nebraska and Indiana each played a sloppy first half. Nebraska was not bad, they just weren’t playing to the caliber, but the Hoosiers were off too. After scoring twice in the final 1:30, Indiana would hold a 26-25 halftime advantage which was no problem for the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska came out in the second half and started hitting more shots all starting with a three from Glynn Watson. After falling behind 41-37 with 13:50 left in the game, the Huskers were done trailing and went on a 10-0 scoring run to turn a four-point deficit into a six-point lead in just about 4 minutes. That stretch would later turn into a 26-12 run into the final minutes, where Nebraska held an 11-point lead, and everything seemed great. The scoring run was good enough for the Huskers to outscore the Hoosiers 41-31 in the second half and ultimately win the game.
Despite taking an early hit in the first half, Nebraska’s shooting was not all that bad. The Huskers would go 25-62 from the field, 6-22 from three, and 10-17 from the free throw line. Those numbers would go in their favor compared to Indiana who went just 24-53 from the field, 3-14 from deep, and 6-9 from the charity stripe. In addition, Nebraska would win the rebounding battle hauling in 39 rebounds compared to the Hoosiers 33. Ball movement would tend in the same direction with 15 assists compared to Indiana’s 10. Finally, for the defensive playmaking, that would also side with Nebraska who had 9 steals and 4 blocks.
With the win, Nebraska improves to 21-9 this season and 12-5 in the Big Ten. Following a loss to Illinois, this was a great way to get back on the NCAA Tournament track and with a solid performance in the Big Ten Tourney, they can be a bubble team and likely get in. For now, they will host Penn State in their final home game of the regular season on Sunday at 4:15 PM Central on the Big Ten Network.