Indiana (13-7) at Nebraska (10-9)
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 8:15 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television: BTN. Home Record: Indiana 11-2, Nebraska 9-1. Away Record: Indiana 1-3, Nebraska 0-6. Neutral Record: Indiana 1-2, Nebraska 1-2. Conference Record: Indiana 3-4, Nebraska 2-5. Series Record: Indiana leads, 9-2.
GAME NOTES: The Indiana Hoosiers pay a visit to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten Conference matchup.
Indiana is hoping to build upon last Sunday's 56-46 win over Illinois, which snapped a two-game slide. However, that victory came on the Hoosiers' home floor, whereas they have struggled elsewhere this season with a 2-5 mark outside of Bloomington.
That certainly presents a challenge going up against a Nebraska squad that has won 9-of-10 at home. The Cornhuskers are coming off last Sunday's 82-78 triumph over Minnesota inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Indiana leads the all-time series, 9-2, and rolled to a 76-47 victory when these teams met up last season in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers became the sixth straight team to beat Illinois last weekend. Then again, there wasn't a whole lot of "fight" in the Illini, who were held to a mere 46 points and 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Still, IU took care of business and came out with the win, thanks in no small part to Yogi Ferrell, who scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime to help the Hoosiers pull away. Stanford Robinson was the team's only other player in double figures, finishing with 10 points in 29 minutes. Noah Vonleh (12.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg) scored only four points but did pull down a game-high 14 rebounds. On the season, Ferrell leads the team in scoring with 17.5 ppg and is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc (49-of-121).
Nebraska is led by guard Terran Petteway, who does a little bit of everything. A 39 percent shooter from the perimeter, Petteway also averages 5.4 rebounds while leading the team in scoring (18.2 ppg). He was simply sensational against Minnesota, as the sophomore poured in a career-high 35 points while shooting 10-of-14 from the field. He scored 23 points in the second half to help NU hold on for the victory. Shavon Shields has also been a steady contributor, averaging 11.0 ppg to go along with 5.7 rpg. He tallied 10 points and six boards against the Golden Gophers, while Walter Pitchford also reached double figures with 13 points behind a 3-of-5 effort from long range. For the game, NU shot 50 percent from the floor and also from beyond the arc (11- of-22).
The Hoosiers have been inconsistent to this point, although there is still time to turn things around and string together some wins as they enter the backstretch of conference play. But first, they must find an answer for Petteway in order to beat the Huskers on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana 68, Nebraska 67
01/30 10:34:41 ET