No. 23-ranked Michigan takes on Nebraska in a Big Ten basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. See below for stats and analysis.
Michigan-Nebraska basketball: live updates, score, stats
The Wolverines and Cornhuskers meet in a crucial Big Ten game for both teams. Michigan has won 10 straight overall in the series against Nebraska, including sweeping two games last season.
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Michigan-Nebraska game time, details
Michigan and Nebraska play at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 18, 2018.
- Time: 9 p.m. ET tip-off
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 18
- Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.
- Records: Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten); Nebraska (13-7, 4-3)
What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Nebraska?
The Michigan-Nebraska game will be shown on BTN.
How can I watch Michigan-Nebraska online?
The Michigan-Nebraska game can be watched online at BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Michigan-Nebraska on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 137, XM 196 and Internet 958.
The Wolverines survived a one-day turnaround and a pesky Maryland team to pull out its ninth win in the last 10 games, 68-67, when senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman made two free throws after being fouled with 1.2 seconds on Monday. A couple hours later, Nebraska got a 3-point shot at the buzzer from junior James Palmer Jr. to grab a 64-63 win against Illinois.
At least the teams have had two days to recover from their victories.
The Wolverines swept the season series with the Cornhuskers last season, including a 93-57 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena that wrapped up the regular season, but the Huskers are 10-1 at home this season. The only loss has been a 73-72 defeat against then No. 13-ranked Kansas last month. Palmer leads Nebraska in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. Junior guard Glynn Watson Jr. is averaging 11.9 points per game, while junior forward Isaac Copeland is averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Nebraska is 11-2 this season when scoring 70 points or more, and the Huskers are doing something this season that Nebraska teams typically don’t do: take care of the basketball.
The Huskers have a 1.25 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. They are on pace to have more assists than turnovers in a season for the first time since 2009-10. They committed just 10 turnovers against Illinois, one of the top teams in the country in forcing turnovers.
Michigan, which is currently ranked No. 23 in the AP national poll, has also been good at forcing turnovers and then scoring off those mistakes. The Wolverines scored 26 points off 18 turnovers by Michigan State in their 82-72 win in East Lansing last Saturday. They only forced 12 turnovers against Maryland but scored 18 points off them, including 16 points off 7 turnovers in the second half in rallying from a 30-20 halftime deficit.
Junior forward Moritz Wagner followed up a career-high 27 points at Michigan State with 18 points against Maryland. He’s made 14 of 22 field goal attempts in those two games, including 7 of 10 3-point attempts. Freshman Jordan Poole scored 11 points in just 13 minutes off the bench to help spark the Wolverines’ comeback against Maryland.
Nebraska has played several tight games this season, including its last three that have been decided by a total of 7 points. One issue concerning Michigan is the free throw shooting of sophomore guards Zavier Simpson and Charles Matthews. Coach John Beilein wants both on the floor down the stretch of games, but Matthews is shooting just 53.8 percent from the foul line, while point guard Simpson is making just 50 percent of his attempts.