Nebraska will tip off its Big Ten basketball season at No. 16 Indiana on Wednesday.
The Huskers (6-6) will take a lackluster nonconference season, which included losses to Kansas, UCLA and Gardner-Webb, to one of the Big Ten’s toughest environments.
They’ll also have to start the conference season without one of their emerging players in junior Anton Gill. Gill suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee earlier this week, the Nebraska Athletic Department announced.
So Nebraska will head into Indiana down a potential starter against a Top 25 team on the road.
Here’s how to catch the action.
Nebraska basketball vs. Indiana game time, details
Time: 5:31 p.m. CT/6:31 p.m. ET
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 28
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Which TV channel will broadcast Nebraska basketball vs. Indiana?
The game will be broadcast on BTN.
How can I watch Nebraska basketball vs. Indiana online?
BTN2G0 will stream the game.
How can I listen to Nebraska basketball vs. Indiana on the radio?
KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha.
Nebraska basketball vs. Indiana keys to the game
Find a starting five
Ever since playing his “toughest five” in the second half against Kansas, Nebraska coach Tim Miles has used a different starting lineup the past two games.
After an eight-day break between games, Miles should have a better idea of which lineup will work to start in the Big Ten. Nebraska needs consistent scoring, and consistent play from the starters in particular, and Miles needs to find it quickly.
Keep it close
Like at Kansas, Nebraska will be a huge road underdog. Indiana is on a two-game winning streak and 10-2 on the season.
Nebraska outscored Kansas by three points in the second half (though it lost by 17) to give Miles some hope and something to build on. Nebraska needs something positive like that at Indiana.
Start the conference season on a good note
If Nebraska comes away with a win on the road against a Top 25 team, the narrative of this season could completely change.
That’s not likely, but even a close loss could supercharge Miles’ young team.
The sleepy loss to Gardner-Webb and five-point win over Southern two days later were not encouraging signs of growth for Miles’ team. Nebraska needs something to make this season anything other than a disappointment.