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Friday 3/15/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEBRASKA (18 - 15) vs. WISCONSIN (22 - 9)
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Friday, 3/15/2019 3:00 PM
Big Ten Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals - Chicago, IL
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NEBRASKA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games18-15-8.815-1514-1871.933.342.9%35.666.430.241.5%38.2
Road Games6-10-7.76-99-769.731.942.9%31.573.434.146.9%37.1
Last 5 Games3-2+2.83-23-271.827.842.4%32.677.234.447.5%39.4
Conference Games8-14-11.57-1411-1167.430.740.6%
NEBRASKA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)71.933.325-5942.9%8-2234.1%14-1969.5%36913167104
vs opponents surrendering68.631.924-5842.4%7-2134.0%13-1870.6%34813186123
Team Stats (Road Games)69.731.925-5842.9%7-2232.1%13-1967.6%31812177104
Stats Against (All Games)66.430.224-5841.5%6-1932.6%12-1769.8%381111185134
vs opponents averaging70.933.625-5743.9%7-2134.2%13-1970.6%36913176124
Stats Against (Road Games)73.434.126-5646.9%7-1837.7%14-1973.5%371013175134

WISCONSIN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-9+3.616-1313-1869.631.245.6%35.461.228.639.2%35.4
Road Games10-6+2.49-57-966.727.944.3%36.462.127.438.8%37.4
Last 5 Games4-1+2.62-23-268.228.641.3%41.261.627.237.1%38.0
Conference Games14-6+4.410-85-1565.227.943.8%34.660.328.238.4%37.2
WISCONSIN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)69.631.226-5745.6%7-1937.4%10-1664.4%3571315594
vs opponents surrendering6932.225-5842.4%7-2133.0%13-1869.7%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)66.727.926-5844.3%7-1936.1%8-1363.0%3671217494
Stats Against (All Games)61.228.623-5839.2%6-2030.9%10-1565.9%35810185114
vs opponents averaging72.534.226-5844.1%7-2234.1%14-2070.5%37914176134
Stats Against (Road Games)62.127.422-5838.8%5-1926.5%12-1866.8%37911165104
Average power rating of opponents played: NEBRASKA 81.2,  WISCONSIN 81.4
NEBRASKA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/26/2019OHIO ST60-70L-7L135.5U21-5836.2%311124-5841.4%4513
2/2/2019@ ILLINOIS64-71L-2.5L145U25-7035.7%501027-5648.2%3610
2/9/2019@ PURDUE62-81L13L136.5O21-5538.2%24827-5350.9%398
2/19/2019@ PENN ST71-95L3L129.5O28-5947.5%291135-6355.6%367
2/28/2019@ MICHIGAN53-82L10.5L128.5O23-6734.3%31730-5455.6%4313
3/5/2019@ MICHIGAN ST76-91L13.5L137O26-6241.9%32932-6053.3%4110

WISCONSIN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/29/2019@ NEBRASKA62-51W3.5W128U24-5543.6%37717-6028.3%459
2/6/2019@ MINNESOTA56-51W-2.5W132.5U19-5534.5%35620-5735.1%459
2/9/2019@ MICHIGAN52-61L6.5L122.5U24-5940.7%33725-5644.6%365
2/12/2019MICHIGAN ST59-67L2L131U24-5642.9%281025-5743.9%4013
2/23/2019@ NORTHWESTERN69-64W-5T119.5O25-5545.5%381024-5940.7%333
2/26/2019@ INDIANA73-75L-2.5L123.5O27-6939.1%40826-6440.6%4613
3/2/2019PENN ST61-57W-6.5L130.5U22-5540.0%32519-5435.2%4111
3/10/2019@ OHIO ST73-67W-4W122O27-6541.5%47925-6637.9%417
NEBRASKA: Last season: 22-11, lost in first round of NIT.
Nickname: Cornhuskers.
Coach: Tim Miles.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Guard Evan Taylor, center Jordy Tshimanga, guard Anton Gill, center Duby Okeke.
Who's back: Returning All-Big Ten first-team guard James Palmer scored in double figures in 31 of 33 games and his 18.8 points per game in conference play is the most of any returning Big Ten player since 2012-13. Glynn Watson Jr. will be the starting point guard for the fourth straight season. Forward Isaac Copeland averaged 15.8 points on 58 percent shooting in the final nine conference games. Forward Isaiah Roby, at 6-8 and 230 pounds, is a difficult matchup for any opponent. He had four double-doubles in the last eight games.
Who's new: True freshmen Brady Heiman and Amir Harris are in line for significant playing time. The 6-11 Heiman, from Springfield, is the Huskers' first in-state high school scholarship recruit since 2001. Harris, who prepped at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, is a versatile guard who can score and defend. The Huskers sustained a big loss in the preseason when Karrington Davis, a top freshman guard from St. Louis, was lost for the season with an Achilles' injury.
The Skinny: It's been a long time since there has been so much excitement about a Nebraska team entering a season. A fourth-place finish in the Big Ten earned Miles a one-year contract extension. That lukewarm endorsement from athletic director Bill Moos means Miles probably needs to at least match that finish to be back in 2019-20.
Expectations: Las Vegas oddsmakers have set the odds of Nebraska winning the NCAA Tournament at 200-1, same as fellow Big Ten member Minnesota and lower than in-state rival Creighton (225-1).
WISCONSIN: Last season: 15-18, missed NCAA Tournament for first time in 19 years.
Nickname: Badgers.
Coach: Greg Gard.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Reserve forwards Aaron Moesch and Andy Van Vliet (transferred to William & Mary).
Who's back: The Badgers get 95 percent of their scoring back from last season, led by senior forward Ethan Happ. The 6-foot-10 Happ (17.9 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists) has been working on foul shooting and developing a mid-range jumper. Three important pieces in the backcourt are back from injuries, starting with guard Brad Davison. He emerged as an emotional leader during a freshman season in which he was hampered by a shoulder injury. D'Mitrik Trice (foot) and Kobe King (knee) give Gard depth and options at the perimeter. Getting guard Brevin Pritzl to hit consistently from 3-point range might make foes think twice about doubling Happ. Six-5 senior Khalil Iverson is the team's best athlete and embraces opportunities to guard an opponent's best scorer. Six-11 sophomore forward Nate Reuvers can hit jumpers but Badgers can get a boost if he can help Happ and Iverson on the boards.
Who's new: Trevor Anderson gives Gard another backcourt option after transferring from Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he averaged 9.8 points and 28 minutes in 20 games. He shot 37 percent from 3-point range. The Badgers added two scholarship players in their freshman class: guard Tai Strickland, who is the son of former NBA player Rod Strickland; and 6-8 forward Taylor Currie from Clarkston, Michigan.
The Skinny: With Happ leading the way, the Badgers have the ingredients of a team that should return to the NCAA Tournament. Happ, along with key upperclassmen Iverson and Pritzl, played on tourney teams that included Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig. The backcourt should be stronger with a healthy Davison, Trice and King. The Badgers won five of their last eight games last season because of better defense. They're stressing defense again going into this season.
Expectations: Wisconsin was a long shot to win the NCAA Tournament at 120-1, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. It's on par with other Big Ten teams Maryland and Penn State. Michigan and Michigan State are the top favorites out of the league at 35-1.
No. 19 Wisconsin turns to senior leaders against Nebraska

No. 19 Wisconsin and Nebraska meet for the second time this season Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Chicago, and it's already been an eventful trip -- quite literally -- for Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles.

Miles awkwardly stumbled and fell Wednesday night after the Cornhuskers (18-15) knocked off Rutgers at United Center, but 13th-seeded Nebraska is still standing Friday after a surprising win over No. 5 seed Maryland, 69-61, on Thursday.

Will Nebraska have the legs to reach to the semifinals? Holding up against Ethan Happ and Wisconsin is a whole new world for the short-handed 'Huskers.

The Badgers (22-9) have played in the Big Ten tournament championship game seven times -- only Ohio State has been there more -- and are the fourth seed in the bracket, taking the court in Chicago for the first time this week on Friday.

Happ, whom Indiana head coach Archie Miller suggested should be the National Player of the Year, scraped to hit double figures in the only meeting of the season with Nebraska (10 points, nine boards). The senior averages a team-high 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds, and with defenses focused on containing Happ, the Badgers finished second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting (37.4 percent).

Another senior, Khalil Iverson, averages fewer than three baskets per game, but he's earned a reputation in the league as a defensive stopper. Iverson is likely to draw Nebraska's James Palmer Jr. on Friday. Palmer went for 24 against Maryland on Thursday after dropping 34 on Rutgers a day earlier.

Since mid-February, Iverson is finding his offensive touch, too. He's shooting 61.1 percent from the field in the past six games, averaging 13.5 points per game in that span.

"You can tell it's a little different mindset for him the last month or so, just because you can see when he catches the ball, he's more looking to attack versus pass off and get the ball back," Happ said of Iverson to the Wisconsin State Journal. "He's looking at it the first time around, and he's finishing really well around the hoop, which is a big part of why he's scoring really well, through contact and through a couple guys.

"He's always had that talent in him, and he's played different roles throughout his career, and this is just one role that he's stepped up and done the last month."

Wisconsin is a Big Ten-best 29-9 in March in the past six seasons (since 2013-14) and handled Nebraska in Lincoln to end January. The Cornhuskers shot 28.3 percent from the field in that 62-51 loss, including a 5-of-19 night from Palmer.

Palmer scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half Wednesday night, and the Cornhuskers had enough legs to hold up against Maryland's pressure Thursday.

That's quite a feat for Miles' bunch, considering his bench is three deep. Nebraska has eight players available for the tournament, and two are walk-ons. Palmer has played all 80 minutes in the first two games this week.

"I think that says a lot about our young guys, and that's really important. You wouldn't win otherwise," said Miles. "A lot of teams would just say, we've got seven guys, there's no way, and they'd quit. Not just say I quit, but they just wouldn't (embrace walk-ons). So I think that is probably that mentality is the thing I'm most proud of."

Speculation is rampant in Lincoln that Miles might be taking his final lap at Nebraska. While he's doing his best to make it last after going 6-14 in the Big Ten during the regular season, athletic director Bill Moos already departed Chicago. He'll be in California watching his son participate in spring football as momentum reportedly builds for a change atop the basketball program.

"I know some of the noise around us. It pertains to me. But the other noise about where we fit in, the NCAA or the NIT, I don't know and I'm not interested," Miles said. "I just know that if we win enough, they can't stop us from playing. So that's what we're doing."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/22/2019 8:08:20 PM EST

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