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MBB GAME #21 vs Northwestern @ PBA 6 PM CT FOX SPORTS 2 GAME THREAD

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Red Don

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Some game information (from another site: )

  • Game was originally scheudled for Tuesday, Jan 24th but was moved back a day as Northwestern's game vs Wisconsin was rescheduled to Monday due to Covid/injuries restricting the number of available scholarship players
  • Fred Hoiberg is 0-6 vs Northwestern as head coach of Nebraska
  • It's coaches vs cancer week so expect both coaches to be wearing suits and sneakers
KenPom Analysis: Northwestern has great defensive numbers until you drill into what they've been doing in conference as they've been torched from 3 and have been average from 2. Regardless this is a poor shooting team that has propped up their offense via shot volume (not turning the ball over, offensive rebounds) and FT attempts

The Skinny:
Nebraska is starting to run out of dudes with two starters out. On the flip side, Northwestern didn't start with that many dudes to begin with so both teams find themselves in Lincoln on about 7 man rotations.

Northwestern's ability to hang onto the ball and get to the FT line explains how this team who somehow shoots worse than Nebraska finds themselves on the NCAA tourney bubble. Nebraska has an ability to guard without fouling and it's doubly necessary as they risk running out of scholarship players. In conference teams have poured it on from the 3pt line against the Wildcats....at home these Huskers need to embrace becoming one of those teams.

Think this could be a first team to 60 points sort of game but it's one Nebraska is capable of winning at home.

Prediction: Nebraska 65 - Northwestern 62
hhcmatt@huskerhoops.com
 
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