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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

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Logo Indiana Hoosiers
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Logo Nebraska Cornhuskers
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OPENNER
144.5

-8.5 -110
CURRENT
144.5o -105

-415
MONEYLINE
+310

78
SCORE
71

It's been a tough start to conference play for a Nebraska team that has played close in some league games but has been unable to stay competitive in others.

The Cornhuskers (6-12, 0-7 Big Ten) will look to break a five-game losing streak on Monday when they host Indiana (12-4, 3-3).

Nebraska is coming off a 92-65 loss at No. 7 Purdue on Friday, a game in which the Cornhuskers turned the ball over 17 times and were outrebounded 41-31.

"We've got to fix our turnover issue right now," said Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg, whose team is 5-41 in Big Ten games in his three seasons. "We've got to find a way to compete on the glass. (The Hoosiers are) big. They're physical. We've got to do a better job."

Indiana is still seeking its first road win of the season. The Hoosiers dropped to 0-4 on the road Thursday with an 83-74 loss at Iowa, a game in which they led by as many as 11. After leading by seven at halftime, the Hoosiers fell behind midway through the second half and never regained the advantage.

"Almost every game, we've had a lead on the road," IU star Trayce Jackson-Davis said. "I mean, everyone in the locker room is disappointed. We've got to stay together. We've got another game Monday at Nebraska so that's where all of our focus needs to be right now."

Jackson-Davis, who has posted seven double-doubles on the season, will present a challenge for Nebraska inside. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.3 ppg), third in rebounding (8.9 rpg), and first in blocked shots (3.1 bpg).

Like Nebraska, Indiana is coming off a game in which turnovers were an issue. The Hoosiers turned the ball over 23 times at Iowa, which led to 34 points for the Hawkeyes. Indiana has turned the ball over 20 or more times in three games this season and is averaging 14.4.

"When you turn the ball over 23 times and 8 of those came from our guards out front, Rob (Phinisee) and X (Xavier Johnson), that can't happen," Indiana coach Mike Woodson said. "I've got to get more leadership from them in terms of being able to calm to storm, get the ball upcourt, execute something and get ourselves an opportunity to at least score the ball."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Indiana Hoosiers
78
69
Nebraska Cornhuskers

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Recap JAN 10TH 2021

Freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis posted his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds, lifting Indiana to an 82-74 win at Nebraska on Saturday night.

Junior center Joey Brunk added 16 points and junior forward Justin Smith had 15 points for the Hoosiers (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who picked up their first road win of the season.

Sophomore point guard Cam Mack led four Nebraska scorers in double figures with 20 points.

The Huskers (7-11, 2-5) rallied from down 19 points in the second half to cut Indiana's lead to six points three times in the closing minutes. But after Nebraska forced an Indiana turnover on an inbounds play with 36 seconds left down 80-74, Mack was unable to hit an open 3-pointer with 30 seconds left.

Jackson-Davis grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and made a pair of free throws with 27 seconds to help the Hoosiers seal the win.

Indiana dominated the game on the boards, outrebounding Nebraska 47-30. The Hoosiers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds.

Nebraska took an early nine-point lead, going up 23-14 on a 3-pointer from freshman forward Kevin Cross. But the Hoosiers rallied back. Freshman forward Jerome Hunter made a pair of 3-pointers off the bench for Indiana, the second of which cut Nebraska's lead to 26-23.

A 3-pointer from Indiana freshman guard Armaan Franklin then tied the score at 30, and IU regained the lead, 32-30 on a Franklin layup in transition. After Nebraska went back up 34-33, Indiana answered with a 9-0 run, going up 42-34 on an alley-oop laying by Jackson-Davis from senior guard Devonte Green.

Mack kept Nebraska in the game by scoring 17 points, including a 3-pointer that cut Indiana's lead to 44-40 with 53 seconds left in the first half. But Jackson-Davis answered with a 14-foot jumper with 11 seconds left to put Indiana up 46-40, and the Hoosiers took a 46-41 lead into halftime.

--Field Level Media

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