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January 9, 2013

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Michigan

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Michigan Wolverines
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Michigan (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten)
Streak: Won 15
Last Game: Defeated Iowa 95-67
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Trey Burke (named the USBWA National Player of the Week last week) So. 6-0 190
G Tim Hardaway Jr. (second on team with 16.4 points per game) Jr. 6-6 205
G Nik Stauskas (leads all Big Ten freshman in scoring at 13.5 ppg) Fr. 6-6 190
F Glenn Robinson III (averaging 12.5 ppg and team-high 6.1 rebounds per game) Fr. 6-6 210
C Jordan Morgan (only starter not averaging double figures at 7.2 ppg) Jr. 6-8 250

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (9-6, 0-2 Big Ten)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Wisconsin 47-41
PROBABLE STARTERS
POS. NAME (STATS) YR. HT. WT.
G Benny Parker (has a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio this season) Fr. 5-9 164
G Ray Gallegos (has shot just 10-of-32 from field in Big Ten play) Jr. 6-2 181
G Dylan Talley (averaging team-high 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.2 assists per game) Sr. 6-5 216
F Brandon Ubel (averaging 12.5 ppg and 6.6 rpg) Sr. 6-10 234
C Andre Almeida (sat out vs. Wisconsin with ankle injury) Sr. 6-11 314




Slow the tempo
1

Michigan comes into tonight's game as one of the most potent offensive teams in college basketball, averaging 82.0 points per game to rank seventh nationally as well as 94.5 ppg in two Big Ten contests. Considering Nebraska's scoring deficiencies, the only real chance it has to stay with the Wolverines is to control the tempo of the game from the opening tip. Running down the shot clock and setting up high-percentage shots need to be priorities to try and keep UM from getting off and running.
Get Almeida involved
2

One way Nebraska can try to control the pace of the game is by working senior center Andre Almeida into the offense as much as possible. After missing Sunday's game against Wisconsin with an ankle injury he suffered last week against Ohio State, Almeida is reportedly close to 100 percent and is expected to be back in the starting lineup tonight. His size is one area where NU actually has an advantage against Michigan, and playing to that strength as much as possible would be a very good idea.
Keep your composure
3

After the loss at Ohio State, head coach Tim Miles said he saw some of Nebraska's younger players look a little overwhelmed by the atmosphere of playing a ranked team on the road. The Huskers will be in that exact situation again tonight, except this time they'll be taking on the No. 2 team in the country. It's obvious NU is a huge underdog in this game, but it at least has to come out believing it can compete if it's going to stand any chance against the Wolverines.

Head coach Tim Miles on whether he's worried about this game getting out of hand:

"I worry about them all getting out of hand. We score 40 points a game. They score 40 in a half if they don't do well."
Sophomore forward David Rivers on the importance of NU maintaining its composure tonight:

"We really can't get caught up in the atmosphere. Especially in the Big Ten, there's so many good teams, we've just got to take it all in. We have nothing to lose, so we'll just go out there and give it our all."



Michigan 82-60




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