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Nebraska looks to knock off No. 9 Michigan

February 27, 2019

Nebraska (15-13, 5-12) vs. No. 9 Michigan (24-4, 13-4)

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Michigan looks to give Nebraska its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents. Nebraska’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers 66-51 on Jan. 14. Michigan lost 77-70 to Michigan State on Sunday.

SAVVY SENIORS: Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr. have combined to account for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 57 percent of all Cornhuskers points over the last five games.

FUELING THE OFFENSE: Zavier Simpson has either made or assisted on 47 percent of all Michigan field goals over the last three games. Simpson has accounted for 12 field goals and 22 assists in those games.

COLD SPELL: Nebraska has lost its last four road games, scoring 66.5 points, while allowing 80.8 per game.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Wolverines have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cornhuskers. Michigan has an assist on 41 of 73 field goals (56.2 percent) over its past three outings while Nebraska has assists on 37 of 74 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Nebraska defense has allowed only 64.5 points per game to opponents, which is the 27th-best mark in the country. The Michigan offense has produced just 70.3 points through 28 games (ranked 219th among Division I teams).

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