LINCOLN, Neb. — After two road wins over Indiana and Maryland, Nebraska will return home on Thursday night to face rival Iowa.
Nebraska (8-6, 2-0 in Big Ten) is over .500 after going 6-6 through the nonconference schedule. The Huskers are one of just three teams still unbeaten in Big Ten play, along with Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Iowa (9-6, 1-1 in Big Ten) will bring in some momentum of its own, riding high off of a 86-83 win over Michigan on Sunday.
Here’s how to catch the action:
Nebraska vs. Iowa game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, Jan. 5
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.
Which TV channel is Nebraska vs. Iowa on?
The game will be broadcast on BTN.
How can I watch Nebraska vs. Iowa online?
BTN2G0 will stream the game.
How can I listen to Nebraska vs. Iowa on the radio?
KLIN (1400-AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590-AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880-AM) in Lexington.
Nebraska vs. Iowa keys to the game
1. Contain Tai Webster: Preventing opposing guards from becoming possession-by-possession threats is one of Iowa’s challenges every night, and this is no different. Webster can do everything, and he poses major difficulty for a team that’s still learning how to play team defense. Among Big Ten teams, Iowa ranks 11th in both field-goal defense and 3-point defense, so the Hawkeyes are still struggling. But if they don’t contain Webster, it could be a shootout. Nebraska is a confident group right now.
2. Rebound, rebound, rebound: Iowa’s interior game once was a strength and this year it’s an area of inexperience and concern. When the Hawkeyes outrebound their opponent, they are 6-1. When they don’t, they are only 3-5. In Iowa’s 86-83 overtime win against Michigan, the Hawkeyes won the rebounding battle 42-39 and were even with points in the paint. If Iowa can make it a draw on the boards, the Hawkeyes will have a chance if their defense comes through.
1. Continue to run in transition: Despite coach Tim Miles’ history saying otherwise, Nebraska thrives when it runs. That’s where they find shooters, that’s where they get big men involved, that’s where they score in bursts. If Nebraska wants to take this three-game win streak and turn it into four and begin its Big Ten season 3-0, it’s going to need to learn how to score in bursts and score quickly. Transition will do that.
2. Feed Webster: The senior guard is on a tear. Tai Webster was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week last week and is the leader of this team. He averages 17.4 points per game and most of those points come from driving to the hoop. If Webster gets going, his teammates will respond with buckets of their own. To keep this streak alive, they’ll have to lean on Webster to keep them going.