The Michigan men’s basketball team gets a chance to avenge it worst conference loss of the season when it faces Nebraska in the quarterfinals of Big Ten Tournament Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Wolverines (25-7) are No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and are the No. 5 seed in the tournament. They own a six-game winning streak following their 77-71 win in overtime against Iowa on Thursday. Nebraska (22-9) is the No. 4 seed. The teams tied in the Big Ten standings with 13-5 league records, but the Huskers won the only regular-season matchup 72-52 in Lincoln on Jan. 18.
The winner of the Michigan-Nebraska game Friday will play the winner of the quarterfinal between No. 1 seed Michigan State and No. 9 Wisconsin in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
Michigan-Nebraska basketball: Time, game information
Michigan and Nebraska play at approximately 2:25 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2, 2018.
Time: 2:25 p.m. ET, or 25 minutes after previous game.
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV channel: Big Ten Network, which can be found here.
How can I watch the Michigan-Nebraska game online?
The Michigan-Nebraska game can be watched online on BTN2Go.
How can I listen to the Michigan-Nebraska game 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 134, XM 195 and Internet 957.
Michigan-Nebraska basketball preview
Nebraska earned its first win against Michigan since 1964 when the teams met on Jan. 18 in Lincoln, and it did so in dominating fashion 72-52. The No. 5 seed Wolverines get a shot at redemption when they face the No. 4 seed Huskers Friday in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Game time is scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. ET, or 25 minutes after the conclusion of No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 9 Wisconsin in the first quarterfinal.
The winners of those two games advance to a semifinal matchup on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Michigan, which survived a 77-71 win in overtime against No. 12 Iowa in its second-round game on Thursday, is playing for seeding in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines’ resume should comfortably put them in the field of 68 teams. Nebraska is higher seeded because of that previous win against Michigan but its overall resume isn’t as strong. That win against the Wolverines is Nebraska’s most significant win of the season. A second victory against them would help their cause.
Somehow Michigan overcame the loss of Moe Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to fouls, as well as making just 3 of 19 3-point attempts and missing 14 of the 32 free throw attempts it got against Iowa. Defense was once again a determining factor in the victory. Iowa led 40-35 at halftime but scored just 31 points in the final 25 minutes. Iowa missed its last 8 field goal attempts and even though guard Jordan Bohannon made a late 3-point shot that sent the game to overtime, he was just 3 of 14 shooting 3s for the game. Much of that defense was attributed to Zavier Simpson.
Nebraska went to a smaller lineup in the first game and Michigan never solved the equation of James Palmer Jr., Isaiah Roby, Isaac Copeland and Glynn Watson Jr. The Wolverines committed 12 turnovers, including 9 steals by the Huskers. It was the worst performance of the season by Michigan, which got just 2 points on 1 of 5 shooting by Wagner. Charles Matthews has 15 points and was the only Michigan player to score in double figures in that game.
This game will be on a neutral court this time, and the Wolverines are hoping they’ve got their tournament jitters out of the way against Iowa. Matthews came up big with 16 points, 8 rebounds and no turnovers. Simpson had 12 points, while Duncan Robinson made all 3 3-point shots for the Wolverines.
Nebraska is playing for a NCAA Tournament berth. The Wolverines don’t have as much to play for but they certainly want to redeem themselves from January and from their game against Iowa.