Nebraska entered its first game of the Big Ten Tournament hoping to make a statement for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. In a first half stretch against Michigan, the Huskers could barely make a shot.
Nebraska went through a serious offensive cold spell, making just 1 of 20 field goal attempts during a stretch. Nebraska went more than 7 minutes without making a basket from the floor agianst stifling defense from the Wolverines. James Palmer Jr. finally ended the cold streak with and basket while getting fouled at the 2:35 mark.
Tim Miles’ team did close the first half on a 9-1 run to make it a 34-24 deficit at halftime. Nebraska still shot just 23.3 percent (7-for-30) from the floor in the first half and made just 1 of its 6 3-point attempts.
Nebraska entered the conference tournament as one of the “first four out” in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN. A win against Michigan, who the Huskers beat by 20 points in the regular season, would go a long way on Selection Sunday.