Nebraska (18-10) at Iowa (8-20)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday. March 9, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) -- Iowa City, Iowa.
Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Nebraska 9-4, Iowa 5-9. Away Record:
Nebraska 7-4, Iowa 3-9. Neutral Record: Nebraska 1-1, Iowa 0-2. Conference
Record: Nebraska 8-7, Iowa 3-12. Series Record: Iowa leads, 13-9.
GAME NOTES: With conference tournament seeding issues on the line, the
Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Iowa City to battle the Iowa Hawkeyes, in a
Big Ten Conference tilt at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Following Wednesday's 53-51 win over Minnesota and Penn State's victory over
Northwestern on Thursday night, the Huskers have locked up the No. 10 seed in
next week's Big Ten Tournament. With one weekend of action remaining, Nebraska
could potentially face one of four teams in Thursday's first round (Iowa,
Minnesota, Illinois or Purdue).
Iowa has won five of its last seven bouts, including a 63-55 home victory over
Illinois on Tuesday night, and it is still playing for conference tournament
seeding. Head coach Fran McCaffery is one victory shy of career win No. 300.
Iowa holds a 13-9 advantage in a series that began with a 27-17 Husker win way
back in 1907. Nebraska is 2-1 against the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten
in 2011. The Huskers posted a 64-60 win over Iowa earlier this season on Feb.
23 in Lincoln. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last 10, and nine of the last
14 meetings overall.
Nebraska put together one of its best defensive efforts of the season in
Wednesday's 53-51 win over Minnesota. The Cornhuskers held the Golden Gophers
to 38 percent shooting, including 23 percent from 3-point range after UM
scored 84 points in the first meeting in Minneapolis in January. The Huskers
received strong performances from its senior class, as Dylan Talley, Andre
Almeida and Brandon Ubel combined for 31 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
Ubel scored the team's last 10 points to give the Huskers a victory in their
final regular-season home game. Talley joined Ubel in double figures with 12
points and three assists.
Talley leads the way with 14.4 ppg to go along with 5.1 rpg, while Ray
Gallegos (12.7 ppg) and Ubel (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) are also averaging double
figures. Nebraska is a limited offensive squad as it averages only 58.7 ppg,
worst in the conference, and shoots 40.8 percent from the floor, second-worst.
Iowa led by as many as 11 points en route to a 63-55 home win over Illinois on
Tuesday. Roy Devyn Marble posted team-highs in scoring (21), rebounds (6) and
assists (4). It marked the second game this season the junior led the team in
those three categories in a single game. Josh Oglesby finished the contest
with 10 points, including back-to-back treys late to give the Hawkeyes some
breathing room. Iowa established a new school and arena record for blocks
(13), with Gabe Olaseni swatting a career-high seven shots.
The inside-outside duo of Marble (14.4 ppg) and Aaron White (13.4 ppg, 6.2
rpg) has been the key for the Hawkeyes this season. Marble has scored in
double figures in eight straight games, and reached at least 18 in seven of
them. White is the leading rebounder for the Hawkeyes, who rank 16th
nationally on the boards (39.5 pg). Offensively, the Hawkeyes are putting up a
solid 70.6 ppg, primarily by sharing the ball well as a team. Iowa leads the
Big Ten in assists (15.1 pg). On defense, the Hawkeyes are solid, holding foes
to less than 39 percent shooting, tied for the best in the league.
Nebraska is a solid defensive squad, but it struggles to score points. Iowa
has been playing strong defensively as well, but it has also been able to put
up points on a consistent basis, so look for the Hawkeyes to prevail and give
Coach McCafferty his 300th career victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa 68, Nebraska 61
03/09 10:49:40 ET
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