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February 23, 2013

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Iowa

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. CT
TV: None / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Iowa (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten)
Streak: Won 3
Last Game: Defeated Minnesota 72-51
G Mike Gesell (started every game as a true freshman this season) Fr. 6-1 185
G/F Roy Devyn Marble (leads team with 13.6 points per game) Jr. 6-6 194
F Melsahn Basabe (averaging 7.3 ppg and 4.5 rebounds per game) Jr. 6-7 221
F Aaron White (second on team with 13.4 ppg, team-high 6.7 rpg) So. 6-8 218
C Adam Woodbury (averaging 5.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg as true freshman) Fr. 7-1 235

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (12-14, 3-10 Big Ten)
Streak: Lost 2
Last Game: Lost to Michigan State 73-64
G Dylan Talley (had career-high 28 points in loss to Michigan State) Sr. 6-5 216
G Ray Gallegos (held to 1 points on 0-13 shooting versus MSU) Jr. 6-2 181
G/F Shavon Shields (averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg in last 12 games) Fr. 6-6 215
F David Rivers (averaging 7.5 ppg on 50% shooting since Dec. 22) So. 6-7 191
F Brandon Ubel (ranks 7th in Big Ten with 6.8 rpg, 6th in FT% at 79.6%) Sr. 6-10 235

Handle the motion

When it has to run out of its half-court offense, Iowa thrives on its heavy motion sets that move all five players constantly around the court and get everyone involved. While Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble are the only two Hawkeyes scoring in double-figures, everyone is a threat to score when Iowa works the ball around. Nebraska has generally done a good job against motion offenses this season, so expected to see the Huskers come out with a solid defensive game plan to make Iowa earn every basket it gets.
Stay out of transition

The biggest key for slowing down Iowa's offense is not allowing it to get out in transition and get any easy fast-break points. With a relatively small lineup outside of center Adam Woodbury, the Hawkeyes love to run up and down the court and kick up the pace of the game from the opening tip. Even Woodbury, at 7-1, is athletic enough to run the floor well. Obviously that doesn't suit Nebraska's strengths, so the longer it can draw out possessions on both ends of the floor the better its chances of getting the win will be.
Take advantage at home

Today will mark the final Saturday home game for Nebraska this season and the second-to-last game it will ever play again at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. While everyone around the program is excited for the opening of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena next season, the Huskers are well aware of the importance of closing out the Devaney on a high note. Both today's game versus Iowa and its final home game against Minnesota are winnable contests for NU, and it would pretty special to send off the Bob with a pair of big conference victories.

Head coach Tim Miles on his first season at Nebraska drawing closer to an end:

"I was surprised we only had a couple home games left. It kind of caught me by surprise; I was having so much fun living in the moment. But I think it's coming on us quick, and the fact that we only have two home games and two games in Devaney ever are big things, so hopefully we can get big crowds on both those, which are regional rivalry games with Iowa and Minnesota. It is an amazing thing, because things are going to be completely different next year when we move over to Pinnacle Bank Arena and volleyball moves in here. It's going to be a new day and age for Nebraska athletics."
Senior forward Brandon Ubel on how this year's Iowa squad compares to the team NU went 1-1 against last year:

"They're still running that motion (offense). Obviously they have a couple different players, some freshmen who are playing more minutes for them, but yeah, they're definitely similar. They get out in transition really well, a little better this year than last year. Coach said they play faster than Indiana in terms of possessions per game, so that's something you look at and it kind of opens you eyes a little bit as to the pace that they're going to be playing at."

Nebraska 59-58

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