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March 9, 2013

Hoops Gameday: Nebraska vs. Iowa

Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 1:15 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Netwtork / RADIO: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network

Iowa (19-11, 8-9 Big Ten)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Illinois 63-55
G/F Eric May (starting in place of injured PG Mike Gesell) Fr. 6-1 185
G/F Roy Devyn Marble (leads team with 14.4 points per game) Jr. 6-6 194
F Melsahn Basabe (averaging 6.9 ppg and 4.5 rebounds per game) Jr. 6-7 221
F Aaron White (second on team with 13.4 ppg, team-high 6.2 rpg) So. 6-8 218
C Adam Woodbury (averaging 4.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg as true freshman) Fr. 7-1 235

Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers (14-16, 5-12 Big Ten)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated Minnesota 53-51
G Dylan Talley (averaging 19 ppg over last seven games) Sr. 6-5 216
G Ray Gallegos (second on team with 12.4 ppg) Jr. 6-2 181
G/F Shavon Shields (averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg as true freshman) Fr. 6-6 215
F David Rivers (averaging 7.5 ppg on 50% shooting since Dec. 22) So. 6-7 191
F Brandon Ubel (had team-high 15 points in Senior Night win over Minnesota) 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.
Keep it going

Nebraska is coming off one of its most emotional wins in years in Wednesday night's Senior Night victory over Minnesota. Not only did the Huskers send seniors Dylan Talley, Brandon Ubel and Andre Almeida with one last home win, they also closed out the Devaney Center with fans storming the court in celebration. Now the trick is finding a way to carry over that emotion on the road today to string together a couple wins going into next week's Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska is locked in as the No. 10 seed, but getting some confidence going to close out the regular season could do wonders for one last post-season push.

Head coach Tim Miles on what Nebraska's win over Minnesota means for the rest of the season:

"You don't change momentum, you gain momentum, right? You just gain it little by little by little, and this program has just got to take one step at a time and we've got to find a way to beat Iowa on Saturday afternoon. Then we have to find a way to be effective in the Big Ten Tournament."
Senior guard Dylan Talley on the atmosphere at the final game at the Devaney Center:

"The crowd was so loud. At some point, I was getting chills because I could just feel it throughout my body. They definitely gave us the extra surge and the extra push. We definitely fed off them a lot tonight. It was just crazy tonight. It was super loud."

Iowa 70-63

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