Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Wolverines
Thursday presents us with a Big Ten matchup between No. 9 Michigan (24-4) and Nebraska (15-13). The
Wolverines are third in the Big Ten with a 13-4 record, while the Cornhuskers are just 5-12 in conference
play. This will be the first matchup between these two teams this year and Michigan has a history of
dominating Nebraska. They have won 15 out of the 18 matchups and split the two games they played
each other in last season. Michigan lost the first meeting last year 72-52 and then turned it around in the
second meeting beating Nebraska 77-58. James Palmer Jr. led the way for the Cornhuskers in their win
over the Wolverines last year with a team-high 19 points. It was Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rankman and
Moritz Wagner who combined for 41 points in the second meeting to take down Nebraska in the second
meeting. Michigan is -12 in this game.
Wolverines Elite Season
They have since moved on from Michigan and now the Wolverines are led by a fresh group of players.
Since winning the first 17 games of the season they have lost four games, with just one of those losses
coming against a ranked opponent. Coach Tom Izzo is normally able to get his team rolling heading into
the tournament, but are still set to face No. 17 Maryland and No. 6 Michigan State before the regular
season concludes. Their last game on Sunday ended in a 77-70 loss to Michigan State. Zavier Simpson
led the way with 19 points for Michigan, but it wasn’t enough to beat Cassius Winston’s game-high 27
points. Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis leads them in scoring on the season with 14.4 points per game. Then
the guard tandem of Jordan Poole’s 13.2 points and Charles Matthews 12.8 points have helped lead the
Wolverines the season they have had. The 7’1” and 260 lb big man Jon Teske is a presence down low
averaging 9.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He leads the team in both rebounding and blocks.
Head coach John Beilein isn’t taking anything for granted given the struggles of Nebraska this season
and insists they’re not as bad as their 5-12 conference record indicates.
“They were a very good team until they lost one of their best players in (fifth-year senior forward) Isaac
Copeland,” the U-M head man said. “That’d be like us losing Matthews or Iggy.”
“They’ve had some tough losses since Copeland went down, but they also did just play Purdue to the
buzzer,” said Beilein.
Cornhuskers Hoping to Bounce Back
Nebraska fell to No. 15 Purdue, 75-72, in their last game despite getting 25 points from senior guard
Glynn Watson Jr. Matt Haarms scored 17 points and Grady Eifert beat the shot clock for two huge
baskets down the stretch for the Boilermakers. Palmer was cold against Purdue, shooting just 2-of-12
from the field and finishing with 15 points. The senior guard leads the Cornhuskers in scoring with 18.9
points per game.
Michigan Tops Nebraska
ESPN’s matchup predictor is giving Michigan an 84.7 percent chance to win this game. Coach Beilein still
has his teams’ sights set on the ultimate goal saying, “this league is unforgiving, so you have to come to
play every night. We still have a chance for a championship – a great chance.” Bet on the Wolverines -12
over the Cornhuskers.