MBB: Huskers host Hoosiers as NU holds on to NCAA hopes

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Isaiah Roby had 14 points and posted his third-straight double-double in a loss to Illinois.

Story by Becca Mann

Nebraska looking to bounce back after snapping six-game streak

Nearing the end of regular-season play at home, the Nebraska men’s basketball team hosts Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night as one of the final two games of the season.

The Huskers return home after a 72-66 loss to Illinois on Sunday, snapping a six-game win streak started on Jan. 24. The loss in Champaign dropped NU to 20-9 on the season and 11-5 in Big Ten play.

Sunday’s game saw little success on the offensive end from a Nebraska team that shot just 38.5 percent from the field and missed eight free throws. Three Huskers, Isaac Copeland (17 points), Isaiah Roby (14) and James Palmer Jr. (13), ended the night in double-figure scoring.

NU vs. Indiana

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  • WHERE: Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • WHEN: Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.
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While the night marked Roby’s third straight double-double, NU’s defense couldn’t fight past a blazing first half shooting by the Illini (62.1 percent), followed by a 9-of-11 effort from the line in the second half. Illinois finished the night shooting 43.5 percent from the floor while winning the battle for rebounds 38-29 and outscoring Nebraska 9-0 in second-chance points.

The loss hit hard for the Huskers who are fighting for an opportunity to appear in this season’s NCAA tournament. With just two final games left on their plate, NU will need to step up across the board to keep its post-season hopes alive.

“It was a very difficult night for us,” Miles said looking back during Monday’s practice. “Sometimes you just have to hit ‘reset’ and bounce right back to play a good Indiana team.”

The Hoosiers (16-12, 9-7 Big Ten) come to Lincoln off a two-point win at Iowa to pad a four-game winning streak that also includes victories over Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois. Saturday’s win against the Hawkeyes secured a top seven seed in the Big Ten tournament and moved the Hoosiers above .500 in conference play.

Indiana will likely look again to senior Robert Johnson, who notched nine three pointers in the team’s latest victory after foul trouble limited junior Juwan Morgan to just 27 minutes. Morgan is averaging 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season with a 58.9 shooting percentage. Tuesday’s game is the only meeting between the teams this season. The last meeting between the two teams was in December 2016 when the Huskers kicked off conference play with an 87-83 win in Bloomington.

It will also be another quick turnaround for the Huskers with just one practice between games, and although it may seem like a tough task, Nebraska has gone 7-0 in games after one day of practice this season.

“You need to get back on the floor, you need to compete. You don’t want to sit there and feel sorry for yourself. While the wounds are still fresh, let’s get in there and battle,” Miles said.

Tip is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and available on BTN2GO and Fox Sports Go, and can be heard on Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com or the Huskers App.

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