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MBB Game #14, (L, 74-72), Wed, 1/2 @ Maryland (#31) (10-3) (1-1), 5:30pm CT, BTN

Red Don

Water Boy
5 Year Member
Huskers Fall in Final Seconds at Maryland
College Park, Md. - Jalen Smith’s basket with 3.8 seconds remaining lifted Maryland to a 74-72 win over No.24/23 Nebraska Wednesday evening at the XFINITY Center.

Smith, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, broke the deadlock with a jumper in the lane to give Maryland (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) the lead for good. Smith scored Maryland’s final seven points in a see-saw contest which saw 11 ties and nine lead changes.

Nebraska had one final opportunity and in-bounded the ball to Thomas Allen, who got it to halfcourt and found Isaiah Roby going to the hoop, but Roby, who was battling contact, was unable to haul in the pass and get the shot off as the buzzer sounded.

James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) with 26, seven rebounds and five steals, while Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 19 points, while Bruno Fernando added 18 points and 17 rebounds, as the Terrapins outrebounded Nebraska, 38-28, including 14 offensive boards that led to 14 second-chance points.

Trailing 70-69, Nebraska regained the lead on a steal and dunk from Palmer with 2:13 left and was in position to steal a road win, as Palmer’s jumper on the next possession rimmed out. On Maryland’s next possession, Cowan missed a 3-pointer, but Smith grabbed the rebound and got the putback to give Maryland a 72-71 lead with 32 seconds left.

On NU’s next possession, Palmer was fouled with 22 seconds left and converted one of two free throws to knot the game, but giving the Terrapins a chance to win in regulation.

Nebraska had seemingly started to take control in the opening minutes of the second half, using an 8-0 run behind Palmer and Roby to build its largest lead at 47-39 with 15:28 left, but Maryland answered right back. The Terrapins used a 10-2 spurt to pull even at 49 with 11:26 left after 3-pointers from Aaron Wiggins and Cowan.

From there, neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way, as tonight was the sixth time in seven meetings that the contest was decided by five points or less.
Huskers (11-2) (1-1) KenPom ranking #15 @1/1/19

- 2019 - Happy New Years! :Cheers:

Wed, 1/2 @ Maryland (#31) (10-3) (1-1), 5:30pm CT, BTN

No. 24/23 Huskers Ring in 2019 at Maryland

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GOOOOOO :Huskers:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

:Hooray: LET'S GO HUSKERS!!! :Pirate: !!! :Pirate: BEAT THE 'TERPS'!!!!! :Hooray:


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Nebraska resumes Big Ten Conference action as the Huskers travel to College Park, Md., for a matchup with the Maryland Terrapins.

The Huskers start 2019 with an 11-2 record following a 79-38 win over Southwest Minnesota State on Dec 29. In that game, James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. had 16 points apiece, as Nebraska held SMSU to 30 percent shooting and never trailed. Nebraska used its bench extensively, as all 10 players who dressed broke into the scoring column.

Nebraska returned to the AP poll on Monday morning, as the Huskers were ranked 24th after a one-week absence. NU is now tied with Wisconsin at No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches poll, as NU has been ranked in the coaches poll for five straight weeks.

The Huskers have been powered by the senior trio of James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr., as they combine for nearly 48 points per game. Palmer is second in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.2 points per game, while both Copeland (14.5 ppg) and Watson (13.6 ppg) are on pace for career highs. Nebraska is averaging 80.2 points per game in its first 13 games and has scored at least 75 points in each of its last six contests.

Coach Mark Turgeon's team is a young, but talented squad that starts four freshmen or sophomores around third-year starter Anthony Cowan Jr. The Terps opened the year with six straight wins before falling to Virginia by five points at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Maryland split its first two Big Ten games, knocking off Penn State at home before losing by two at Purdue, while the only other loss came in a four-point setback to Seton Hall. Maryland comes into Wednesday's game with a 10-3 record following a 78-64 win over Radford.

Maryland's strength is the inside game with sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith, as the Terps out-rebound opponents by nearly 12 rebounds per game. Fernando averages 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.702) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg). Smith has been one of the Big Ten's top freshmen, averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds ppg. Cowan leads Maryland in scoring (16.5 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) but has been playing off the ball with the development of freshman guard Eric Ayala (9.2 ppg, 3.3 apg).
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Rainbow Dash

Embrace yourself.
2 Year Member
We really need Roby to 1) play, and 2) keep out of foul trouble. We are going to lose bad on the boards. Bruno will probably go for 20 and 12 on us but it would be nice if we didn’t have to double him. We have frozen Maryland with our 1-3-1 before, can we rebound well enough to run it for 15 minutes?


15 Year Member
An upset tomorrow would be huge. Metrics actually indicate we should be slight favorites; but, I'm sure that most media experts are thinking Maryland wins this one fairly easily?

Toughest Remaining Games
Date Opponent Loc Win Odds
3/5 Michigan St Away 26.8%
2/28 Michigan Away 36.4%
2/9 Purdue Away 44.0%
1/14 Indiana Away 45.7%
1/17 Michigan St Home 55.7%
1/2 Maryland Away 56.3%
1/6 Iowa Away 57.8%
2/19 Penn State Away 67.6%
1/29 Wisconsin Home 70.8%
2/23 Purdue Home 72.9%

Easiest Remaining Games
Date Opponent Loc Wind Odds
2/13 Minnesota Home 90.9%
1/10 Penn State Home 88.8%
2/16 Northwestern Home 86.0%
3/10 Iowa Home 83.1%
2/6 Maryland Home 82.1%
2/2 Illinois Away 78.6%
1/21 Rutgers Away 77.6%
1/26 Ohio State Home 74.6%
2/23 Purdue Home 72.9%
1/29 Wisconsin Home 70.8%

Offensive Stat Comparison
Points/Game 80.2 77.5
Avg Score Margin +20.8 +12.3
Assists/Game 15.0 14.7
Total Rebounds/Gm 36.8 40.5
Effective FG % 55.3% 54.5%
Off Rebound % 28.0% 36.3%
FTA/FGA 0.390 0.350
Turnover % 13.8% 16.7%

Defensive Stat Comparison
Opp Points/Game 59.5 65.2
Opp Effective FG % 41.7% 46.5%
Off Rebounds/Gm 8.7 10.4
Def Rebounds/Gm 25.5 26.2
Blocks/Game 5.2 5.5
Steals/Game 8.3 5.5
Personal Fouls/Gm 14.2 15.2

Red Don

Water Boy
5 Year Member
I Agree, a win over the Terps would be huge; but I don't think anyone, especially Maryland, is thinking this is going to be a run-away or an easy win for them.

This is somewhat dated information since I'm not a KenPom subscriber, but KenPom has this pretty much a toss-up, predicting MD wins 71-70, but with only 52% (48% that we win) certainty.


I'm sure Maryland is favored since it is their Home Game, but this is probably one of the best opportunities we will have (along with Iowa) to 'steal' a win on the road. And the students will not be back on campus yet from Christmas Break for either the Maryland or Iowa games.

I like our chances for the win here! One big uncertainty is whether Roby will play, or be 100% if he does suit-up.
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Red Don

Water Boy
5 Year Member
I am going to the game tonight. Eager to see the Huskers pull off the upset tonight in College Park! Huskers are undefeated when I attend their bball games out here in Maryland (1-0). Looking to go 2-0 after this evening. Brace yourselves Husker fans...I feel a victory coming on.

Me Too (1-0) Now what other game can I attend - maybe 1st round of the NCAA's? :wink: