Indiana Men’s Basketball Beats Nebraska in Big Ten Opener By Nick Jenkinson
Indiana Men’s Basketball beat Nebraska 68-55 in the Big Ten Conference Opener both teams Saturday afternoon inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers were off to a slow start down by 10 points until the 11-minute mark of the first half. The Hoosiers led 26-22 at half using a 22-8 run after being down 14-4 to start the game. The Hoosiers outscored the Huskers 42-33 in the 2nd half.
Trayce Jackson Davis led the Hoosiers with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. Race Thompson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Tamar Bates scored 13 points off the bench and knocked down 3 three-pointers. Parker Stewart scored 9 points all on three-pointers. The Hoosiers were 23-57 from the field for 40 percent, 8-22 from three-point range for 36 percent, and 14-17 from the free-throw line for 82.4 percent. The Hoosiers hit their first 11 free throws before Race Thompson missed one with 1:53 to go and The Hoosiers did not get to the line in the first half. Indiana pulled down 41 rebounds, 10 assists, 7 steals, 5 blocks and 15 turnovers.
Nebraska was led by Alonzo Verge Jr with 15 points. Bryce McGowens and Derrick Walker who both average double figures were held to 8 points apiece. The Huskers were 23-61 from the field for 37 percent, 5-22 from the three-point range for 22 percent, and 4-5 from the foul line for 80 percent. Nebraska pulled down 32 rebounds, 9 assists, 9 steals, 1 block, and 14 turnovers. Nebraska is 5-4 and 0-1 in the Big Ten. Nebraska Host Michigan on Tuesday Night at 7 PM on ESPN2.
Indiana is 7-1 and 1-0 in the Big Ten under Mike Woodson and will travel to Wisconsin Wednesday Night for 7 PM tipoff against the Badgers. Wisconsin is 7-1 on the season and on 5 game winning streak after 89-76 win over Marquette Saturday Afternoon in Madison. This will be the Badgers Big Ten Opener and Indiana has struggled in Madison losing 18 games in a row and has not won there since January 25, 1998 when the Hoosiers won 69-59.
Editor’s note: IU Athletics didn’t have a spot for a Bloomingtonian photographer for Saturday’s game. But, Nick, offered us a written story today, so we’re running it without photos. Getting access to photograph and cover the IU basketball games will be a problem this season so our coverage might be sporadic from here on out. This news site is still local, independent, and not part of a huge corporate investment firm.