The Nebraska Cornhuskers traveled to Bloomington Wednesday night winning eight of their last ten conference games. The hot streak would need to continue for Nebraska with hopes of securing an NCAA at-large tournament bid.
The Cornhuskers were up for the challenge against Indiana on senior night posting a 70-60 victory. Nebraska was led by forward Walter Pitchford and guard Shavon Shields, each with 17 points. The pair also combined for 17 rebounds. The victory moved Nebraska to 18-11 overall and 10-7 in the Big Ten. They now own fourth place in their conference, a half game ahead of Iowa.
The Big Ten’s leading scorer, Terran Petteway had an off night for the Huskers. The 6’5″ sophomore battled foul trouble throughout the night and had just thirteen points on 3 of 10 shooting and was 0-4 from 3-point range. He did go 7-8 from the line and finished five points below his season average of 18. Nebraska shot 25-55 from the field as a team, just over 45%. The Huskers were 6-17 from 3-point range and 14-19 from the line.
The Hoosiers trailed the entire first half and were down 34-26 at the break. They were able to battle back to tie the game at 52 on a 3-pointer by Will Sheehey with ten minutes left in the game. The Hoosiers however managed just eight points over the final ten minutes of play. IU shot just 22-60 from the field or just over 36%. The Hoosiers cold shooting performance was mainly due to point guard Yogi Ferrell who was 4-14 from the field and just 1-10 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers were 5-21 from 3-point range as a team and managed just 11 points from the line on 17 attempts.
The loss dropped IU to17-13 overall and 7-10 in Big Ten play, tied with Minnesota for seventh place. Indiana was led in scoring by freshman Troy Williams with 18 points. The 6’7″ forward also added 6 rebounds to his performance. Will Sheehey was the second leading scorer with 13 points. It was the final game at Assembly Hall for Sheehey, a senior forward .
Nebraska hasn’t played in the NCAA tournament since 1998. A win over ninth ranked Wisconsin at home on Sunday would likely change that. The Cornhuskers are 7-1 at home this year in conference play. Their last home loss was a 71-70 setback against Michigan back on January 9th.