Indiana Hoosiers Face No Easy Task In Must-Win Battle With Nebraska

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Indianapolis, Ind- The Indiana Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) are coming off of a nice 10-point victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday afternoon. They also broke a two-game losing streak after beating the then No. 3 ranked and undefeated Wisconsin Badgers in Assembly Hall on Jan. 14.

Now the Hoosiers have their sights on getting back in the NCAA Tournament talks as they hope to trend in the right direction by beating an up and coming Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-9, 2-5) team.

A loss to Nebraska won’t knock Indiana out of the running from the tourney just yet, but it will haunt them. Having losses to a 10-11 Northwestern Wildcats team and a 10-9 Nebraska team won’t help the cause for their tournament dreams.

If they had beaten Northwestern a few weeks ago they could afford a loss to Nebraska, but since the past is said and done they have to beat Nebraska in Lincoln for the first time since Dec. 30, 1942.

Indiana lost their lone trip to Nebraska in Big 10 play in January of 2012, 70-69 in an upset. Avoiding the upset again will be tough just like that season.

Despite being only one game over .500, Nebraska is very good at home. They just play so much looser and more confident.

Nebraska beat a very good Minnesota Golden Gophers team 82-78 on Sunday and then beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 68-62 on Jan. 20. Those are their last two home games which were both victories.

They also took the best shot at the Michigan Wolverines as they lost to the lone unbeaten in conference play by just one on Jan. 9.

Those are their only three home conference games thus far with two big upsets and losing by one in the other. That’s why Indiana will have their hands full Thursday night. Nebraska is confident as they won two of their last three and play very well at home. They know the Hoosiers are struggling a bit on offense and hope their home crowd can keep them in the game.

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