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  1. March 11, 2016 Approx. 8pm CT - BTN Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT - QUARTERFINAL Nebraska Cornhuskers 16-17, 8-12 (Last: 70-58 W vs Wisconsin) vs #18 Maryland Terrapins 24-7, 12-6 (Last: 80-62 L vs Indiana) Tournament Bracket Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (346-286, 63-66 at Nebraska) Maryland Mark Turgeon (361-216, 111-57 at Maryland) Injury Report Nebraska No injuries to report Maryland G - Dion Wiley - Knee - Out for season
  2. March 10, 2016 Approx. 7:30pm CT - ESPN2 Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT - SECOND ROUND Nebraska Cornhuskers 15-17, 7-12 (Last: 89-72 W vs Rutgers) vs Wisconsin Badgers 20-11, 12-6 (Last: 91-80 L vs Purdue) Tournament Bracket Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (345-286, 62-66 at Nebraska) Wisconsin Greg Gard (13-6 at Wisconsin) Injury Report Nebraska No injuries to report Wisconsin G - Brevin Pritzl - Foot - Out indefinitely
  3. March 9, 2016 6pm CT - BTN Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7-24, 1-17 (Last: 75-52 W vs Minnesota) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 14-17, 6-12 (Last: 65-54 L vs Northwestern) Tournament Bracket Head Coaches Rutgers Eddie Jordan (29-67 at Rutgers) Nebraska Tim Miles (344-286, 61-66 at Nebraska) Injury Report Rutgers C - Shquille Doorson - Foot - Out indefinitely F - DeShawn Freeman - Suspension - Out indefinitely Nebraska No injuries to report
  4. March 6, 2016 1pm CT - BTN Welsh-Ryan Arena - Evanston, IL Nebraska Cornhuskers 14-16, 6-11 (Last: 81-62 L vs Purdue) vs Northwestern Wildcats 19-11, 7-10 (Last: 71-61 W vs Penn State) Big Ten Standings Indiana 14-3, 24-6 Michigan State 13-5, 26-5 Maryland 12-5, 24-6 Wisconsin 12-5, 20-10 Iowa 12-6, 21-9 Purdue 11-6, 23-7 Ohio State 11-7, 19-12 Michigan 10-8, 20-11 Northwestern 7-10, 19-11 Penn State 6-11, 15-15 Nebraska 6-11, 14-16 Illinois 5-12, 13-17 Minnesota 2-16, 8-22 Rutgers 1-17, 7-24 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (344-285, 61-65 at Nebraska) Northwestern Chris Collins (48-47 at Northwestern) Injury Report Nebraska G - Andrew White III - Shoulder - Probable Northwestern F - Joey Van Zegeren - Knee - Out for season F - Vic Law - Shoulder - Out for season Scouting Northwestern Northwestern comes into Sunday’s game playing for one of the first-round byes next week in Indianapolis. The Wildcats are 19-11 on the season and 7-10 in the Big Ten and are assured of finishing ninth in the standings, but could fall to the No. 11 seed with a loss on Sunday. Northwestern brings a two-game winning streak into Sunday’s contest following Thursday’s 71-61 win at Penn State. The Wildcats are led by third-year coach Chris Collins, who spent 13 seasons at Duke under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski before taking the Northwestern job prior to the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats, who are averaging 72.3 points per game and shooting 36 percent from 3-point range, feature a strong backcourt in sophomore Bryant McIntosh and senior Tre Demps. McIntosh averages 13.8 points per game and is second in the conference with 6.7 assists per game. Demps is 12th in the Big Ten in scoring at 15.4 ppg and leads the Wildcats with 65 3-pointers. The Wildcats also have a solid post game with senior center Alex Olah, who averages 10.8 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game.
  5. March 1, 2016 7pm CT - BTN Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE #15 Purdue Boilermakers 22-7, 10-6 (Last: 83-79 W vs Maryland) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 14-15, 6-10 (Last: 56-55 L vs Penn State) Big Ten Standings Indiana 13-3, 23-6 Michigan State 11-5, 24-5 Maryland 11-5, 23-6 Iowa 11-5, 20-8 Wisconsin 11-5, 19-10 Ohio State 11-6, 19-11 Purdue 10-6, 22-7 Michigan 10-7, 20-10 Northwestern 6-10, 18-11 Penn State 6-10, 15-14 Nebraska 6-10, 14-15 Illinois 5-11, 13-16 Minnesota 2-14, 8-20 Rutgers 0-16, 6-23 Head Coaches Purdue Matt Painter (259-137, 234-132 at Purdue) Nebraska Tim Miles (344-284, 61-64 at Nebraska) Injury Report Purdue No injuries to report Nebraska F - Ed Morrow - Foot - Questionable Scouting Purdue The Boilermakers come into Tuesday’s game with a 22-7 record and a 10-6 Big Ten mark and are challenging for a double-bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Purdue, which returned four starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that went 21-13 before losing to Cincinnati in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers opened the season with 11 straight wins and were ranked as high as ninth in the country in December and have remained in the polls throughout the year. Coach Matt Painter’s team has been one of the Big Ten’s best defensive teams, holding opponents to 39 percent shooting, including just 31 percent from 3-point range. Purdue is among the national rebounding leaders with a +11.2 rebounding margin. In Big Ten play, Purdue has been outstanding at home, going 7-1, but is just 3-5 away from Mackey Arena. Purdue’s strength is its frontcourt with the duo of A.J. Hammons (14.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Caleb Swanigan (9.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg), as the pair ranks among the Big Ten rebounding leaders. In all, nine players average at least five points per game. In addition, 7-foot-2 sophomore Isaac Hass comes off the bench and adds 10 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
  6. February 25, 2016 6pm CT - ESPNU Bryce Jordan Center - State College, PA Nebraska Cornhuskers 14-14, 6-9 (Last: 65-62 L vs Ohio State) vs Penn State Nittany Lions 14-13, 5-9 (Last: 70-58 W vs Rutgers) Big Ten Standings Indiana 12-3, 22-6 Maryland 11-4, 23-5 Iowa 11-4, 20-7 Michigan State 10-5, 23-5 Wisconsin 10-5, 18-10 Michigan 10-6, 20-9 Ohio State 10-6, 18-11 Purdue 9-6, 21-7 Nebraska 6-9, 14-14 Penn State 5-9, 14-13 Northwestern 5-10, 17-11 Illinois 4-10, 12-15 Minnesota 2-13, 8-19 Rutgers 0-15, 6-22 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (344-283, 61-63 at Nebraska) Penn State Pat Chambers (120-117, 69-89 at Penn State) Injury Report Nebraska F - Shavon Shields - Head - Probable F - Ed Morrow - Foot - Questionable Penn State No injuries to report Scouting Penn State Penn State comes into Thursday’s game playing some of its best basketball of the season. The Nittany Lions are 14-13 on the season and have won three of their last four games, including victories over nationally-ranked Iowa and Indiana. Under fifth-year coach Pat Chambers, PSU went 9-4 during non-conference action, including a win over DePaul and a one-point loss to Colorado before struggling early in Big Ten play. PSU was just 2-8 in its first 10 conference games before regrouping down the stretch. The Nittany Lions feature a pair of solid scorers in senior Brandon Taylor and sophomore Shep Garner. Taylor leads PSU in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) while Garner averages 13.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. Taylor earned Big Ten co-Player-of-the-Week honors on Monday, averaging 17.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in two wins last week. The Nittany Lions have gotten a late season boost from Donovon Jack, who averaged 15.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg off the bench in Penn State’s last two games. PSU featured a 10-player rotation, as all 10 average at least 10 minutes per game. Garner leads PSU with 57 3-pointers while Taylor has 39 on the season.
  7. February 17, 2016 7:30pm CT - BTN Assembly Hall - Bloomington, IN Nebraska Cornhuskers 14-12, 6-7 (Last: 70-54 W vs Penn State) vs #22 Indiana Hoosiers 20-6, 10-3 (Last: 88-69 L vs Michigan State) Big Ten Standings Iowa 11-2, 20-5 Maryland 10-3, 22-4 Indiana 10-3, 20-6 Wisconsin 8-4, 16-9 Purdue 9-5, 21-6 Michigan 9-5, 19-8 Ohio State 9-5, 17-10 Michigan State 8-5, 21-5 Nebraska 6-7, 14-12 Northwestern 5-9, 17-10 Illinois 4-9, 12-14 Penn State 3-9, 12-13 Minnesota 0-13, 6-19 Rutgers 0-13, 6-20 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (344-281, 61-61 at Nebraska) Indiana Tom Crean (331-213, 141-117 at Indiana) Injury Report Nebraska F - Ed Morrow - Foot - Doubtful F - Shavon Shields - Head - Out Indiana G - James Blackmon Jr - Knee - Out for season Scouting Indiana Indiana enters Wednesday’s game with a 20-6 mark and tied for second in the Big Ten with a 10-3 record. The Hoosiers are in the midst of playing three ranked teams in a four-game stretch following last week’s split with Iowa and Michigan State. Indiana features one of the nation’s top offenses, as the Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in scoring offense (83.5 ppg) and field goal percentage (.503), while ranking second in 3-pointers per game (10.0) and 3-point percentage (.417). The Hoosiers are 3-3 since a 12-game winning streak that began following a loss at Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but have been tough at home, going 14-0 this season. Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of the Big Ten’s top performers, as he averages 16.8 points and 5.8 assists per game to rank in the top six in both categories. He is one of three Indiana players averaging double figures following the season-ending injury to James Blackmon Jr. in December. Troy Williams averages 15.8 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game, while freshman Thomas Bryant averages 11.9 points on 70 percent shooting and 5.7 caroms per game.
  8. February 13, 2016 5pm CT - ESPNU Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE Penn State Nittany Lions 12-12, 3-8 (Last: 68-63 W vs Indiana) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 13-12, 5-7 (Last: 72-61 L vs Wisconsin) Big Ten Standings Maryland 10-2, 22-3 Indiana 10-2, 20-5 Iowa 10-2, 19-5 Purdue 8-4, 20-5 Michigan 8-4, 18-7 Wisconsin 7-4, 15-9 Michigan State 7-5, 20-5 Ohio State 7-5, 15-10 Nebraska 5-7, 13-12 Northwestern 4-8, 16-9 Penn State 3-8, 12-12 Illinois 3-8, 11-13 Rutgers 0-11, 6-18 Minnesota 0-12, 6-18 Head Coaches Penn State Patrick Chambers (119-115, 68-87 at Penn State) Nebraska Tim Miles (343-281, 60-61 at Nebraska) Injury Report Penn State G - Josh Reaves - Illness - Out indefinitely Nebraska F - Ed Morrow - Foot - Questionable F - Shavon Shields - Head - Questionable Scouting Penn State Penn State comes into Saturday’s game with a 12-12 record following a 68-63 win over Indiana on Feb. 6. Under fifth-year coach Pat Chambers, PSU went 9-4 during non-conference action, including a win over DePaul and a one-point loss to Colorado before struggling at times in Big Ten play. PSU’s best road effort came in a nine-point win against Northwestern on Jan. 16 and the win over the Hoosiers. The Nittany Lions feature a pair of solid scorers in senior Brandon Taylor and sophomore Shep Garner. Taylor leads PSU in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) while Garner averages 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game. Payton Banks (10.2 ppg) gives the Nittany Lions a third player in double figures, while PSU rotates 10 players into the game for depth. Garner leads PSU with 48 3-pointers while Taylor has 33 on the season.
  9. February 10, 2016 6pm CT - BTN Kohl Center - Madison, WI Nebraska Cornhuskers 13-11, 5-6 (Last: 87-63 W vs Rutgers) vs Wisconsin Badgers 14-9, 6-4 (Last: 79-68 W vs Ohio State) Big Ten Standings Iowa 10-1, 19-4 Maryland 10-2, 22-3 Indiana 9-2, 19-5 Purdue 8-4, 20-5 Michigan 7-4, 17-7 Wisconsin 6-4, 14-9 Michigan State 7-5, 20-5 Ohio State 7-5, 15-10 Nebraska 5-6, 13-11 Northwestern 4-8, 16-9 Penn State 3-8, 12-12 Illinois 3-8, 11-13 Minnesota 0-11, 6-17 Rutgers 0-11, 6-18 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (343-280, 60-60 at Nebraska) Wisconsin Greg Gard (7-4 at Wisconsin) Injury Report Nebraska F - Shavon Shields - Head - Questionable Wisconsin G - Brevin Pritzl - Foot - Out indefinitely Scouting Wisconsin Under interim coach Greg Gard, Wisconsin is playing its best basketball of the season. The Badgers have won five straight games after a 1-4 Big Ten start. Gard, who took over for Bo Ryan following Wisconsin’s win over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on Dec. 13, has guided the Badgers to a pair of wins over ranked teams, including a one-point win over then-No. 5 Michigan State. The Badgers returned just two starters from a team that went 36-4 and lost to Duke in the national title game. Junior Nigel Hayes has been one of the Big Ten’s best frontcourt players, averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ (12.3 ppg; 8.1 rpg) and junior Bronson Koenig (13.4 ppg; 2.2 apg) supplement Hayes’ offensive production.
  10. February 6, 2016 1pm CT - ESPNU Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE Rutgers Scarlet Knights 6-17, 0-10 (Last: 110-101 L vs Illinois) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 12-11, 4-6 (Last: 70-65 L vs Maryland) Big Ten Standings Indiana 9-1, 19-4 Iowa 9-1, 18-4 Maryland 9-2, 20-3 Purdue 7-3, 19-4 Michigan 7-3, 17-6 Michigan State 6-4, 19-4 Wisconsin 6-4, 14-9 Ohio State 6-5, 14-10 Nebraska 4-6, 12-11 Northwestern 4-7, 16-8 Illinois 3-7, 11-12 Penn State 2-8, 11-12 Rutgers 0-10, 6-17 Minnesota 0-11, 6-17 Head Coaches Rutgers Eddie Jordan (28-59 at Rutgers) Nebraska Tim Miles (342-280, 59-60 at Nebraska) Injury Report Rutgers C - Shquille Doorson - Foot - Out indefinitely F - Ibrahima Diallo - Foot - Out indefinitely F - DeShawn Freeman - Knee - Out indefinitely Nebraska No injuries to report Scouting Rutgers Rutgers enters Saturday’s game with a 6-17 record after falling in triple overtime to Illinois. The Scarlet Knights led by 12 in the first half and led for most of the game before Illinois rallied late in regulation. Corey Sanders led Rutgers with 39 points - matching the highest single-game effort in the Big Ten this year - along with 12 assists. Jonathan Laurent, who missed the first matchup with an injury, added 23 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Third-year head coach Eddie Jordan was one of the greatest players in program history, helping Rutgers to a Final Four in 1976. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in both assists (585) and steals (220) and was an honorable-mention All-American in 1977. Jordan, who was a former assistant at Rutgers and Boston College, did most of his coaching in the NBA, and coached nine years in the league with stints in Sacramento (1996-98), Washington (2003-09) and Philadelphia (2009-10). The Scarlet Knights have shown the ability to be competitive, including a one-point loss to Wake Forest, a six-point loss to Monmouth and a seven-point loss to Indiana. Injuries have hampered the Scarlet Knights, as three players are out for the year with injuries, including Deshawn Freeman, who was second on the team in scoring at the time of his injury. Sanders leads RU in both scoring (15.4 ppg) and assists (4.1 apg) while Mike Williams joins him in double figures at 12.3 ppg.
  11. February 3, 2016 7:30pm CT - BTN Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE #4 Maryland Terrapins 19-3, 8-2 (Last: 66-61 W vs Ohio State) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 12-10, 4-5 (Last: 89-74 L vs Purdue) Big Ten Standings Indiana 9-1, 19-4 Iowa 8-1, 17-4 Maryland 8-2, 19-3 Purdue 7-3, 19-4 Michigan 7-3, 17-6 Michigan State 6-4, 19-4 Ohio State 6-4, 14-9 Wisconsin 5-4, 13-9 Nebraska 4-5, 12-10 Northwestern 3-7, 15-8 Penn State 2-7, 11-11 Illinois 2-7, 10-12 Rutgers 0-9, 6-16 Minnesota 0-10, 6-16 Head Coaches Maryland Mark Turgeon (356-211, 106-52 at Maryland) Nebraska Tim Miles (342-279, 59-59 at Nebraska) Injury Report Maryland G - Dion Wiley - Knee - Out for season Nebraska No injuries to report Scouting Maryland Maryland comes into Wednesday’s game with a 19-3 record and a No. 4 national ranking in Monday’s AP poll. The Terrapins are 8-2 in the Big Ten and one game out of first place following wins over No. 3 Iowa and Ohio State last week. Maryland returned three starters from a team that won 27 games and reached the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Maryland has three losses, coming at the hands of top-10 teams North Carolina and Michigan State as well as a 3-point loss at Michigan. Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon is a familiar face for long-time Husker fans, as he played at Kansas from 1984 to 1987 for Larry Brown and also served as an assistant at KU from 1987 to 1992. He served as a head coach at Jacksonville State, Wichita State and Texas A&M before taking the Maryland job prior to the 2011-12 season. Maryland is one of the most efficient teams in the country, averaging 76.8 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. All five starters average in double figures, including a team-high 14.5 ppg and 5.4 apg from Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Melo Trimble. A pair of ACC transfers and one of the Big Ten’s top freshmen have given Maryland one of the top starting lineups in the country. Robert Carter (13.2 pgg, 6.9 rpg) and Rasheed Sulaimon (10.5 ppg on 47.7 percent shooting from 3-point range) have given the Terrapins a pair of veteran scorers, while freshman center Diamond Stone is averaging 12.8 ppg on 57 percent shooting from the field.
  12. January 30, 2016 3:30pm CT - BTN Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, IN Nebraska Cornhuskers 12-9, 4-4 (Last: 81-68 L vs Michigan) vs #21 Purdue Boilermakers 18-4, 6-3 (Last: 68-64 W vs Minnesota) Big Ten Standings Indiana 7-1, 17-4 Iowa 7-1, 16-4 Maryland 7-2, 18-3 Michigan 6-2, 16-5 Purdue 6-3, 18-4 Ohio State 6-3, 14-8 Michigan State 5-4, 18-4 Nebraska 4-4, 12-9 Wisconsin 4-4, 12-9 Northwestern 3-6, 15-7 Penn State 2-6, 11-10 Illinois 2-6, 10-11 Rutgers 0-8, 6-15 Minnesota 0-9, 6-15 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (342-278, 59-58 at Nebraska) Purdue Matt Painter (255-134, 230-129 at Purdue) Injury Report Nebraska No injuries to report Purdue F - Caleb Swanigan - Ankle - Questionable G - Kendall Stephens - Personal matters - Out Scouting Purdue The Boilermakers come into Saturday’s game with an 18-4 record and a 6-3 Big Ten mark. Purdue, which returned four starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that went 21-13 before losing to Cincinnati in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers opened the season with 11 straight wins and were ranked as high as ninth in the country in December, but have remained in the polls throughout the year. Two of the four losses for Coach Matt Painter’s team have been to Iowa, which is ranked third in this week’s AP poll. Purdue’s strength is its frontcourt with the duo of A.J. Hammons (13.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Caleb Swanigan (10.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg), although Swanigan missed Wednesday’s game at Minnesota with an ankle injury. In addition, 7-foot-2 sophomore Isaac Hass comes off the bench and adds 10 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Purdue is one of the national leaders in rebounding margin at +12.1 per game while holding opponents to 38 percent shooting.
  13. January 23, 2016 1pm CT - ESPN2 Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE Michigan Wolverines 14-5, 4-2 (Last: 74-69 W vs Minnesota) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 12-8, 4-3 (Last: 72-71 W vs Michigan State) Big Ten Standings Indiana 6-0, 16-3 Iowa 6-0, 15-3 Maryland 6-1, 17-2 Purdue 5-2, 17-3 Michigan 4-2, 14-5 Nebraska 4-3, 12-8 Ohio State 4-3, 12-8 Michigan State 3-4, 16-4 Northwestern 3-4, 15-5 Wisconsin 3-4, 11-9 Penn State 2-5, 11-9 Illinois 1-5, 9-10 Minnesota 0-7, 6-13 Rutgers 0-7, 6-14 Head Coaches Michigan John Beilein (731-433, 180-115 at Michigan) Nebraska Tim Miles (342-277, 59-57 at Nebraska) Injury Report Michigan G - Caris LeVert - Leg - Doubtful G - Spike Albrecht - Hip - Out for season Nebraska No injuries to report Scouting Michigan Michigan comes into Saturday’s game with a 14-5 record and is fifth in the Big Ten with a 4-2 conference mark after a 74-69 win over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Wolverines went 2-2 in their first four games, but have played much better of late, going 8-2 in their last 10 contests with the only losses coming to nationally ranked Purdue and Iowa. UM has been without Caris LeVert (17.6 ppg; 5.4 rpg; 5.2 apg) since the start of January, although he is potentially close to returning to action. In his absence, the Wolverines have been a balanced club with five players averaging at least 9.5 points per game, including four in double figures. Michigan is an efficient offensive team that is shooting 45 percent from the field in Big Ten play, including over 40 percent from 3-point range. Junior Zak Irvin leads UM with 13.8 ppg in Big Ten play while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range. Derrick Walton Jr. adds 12.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg, while Mark Donnal is averaging 11.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg in conference action.
  14. January 20, 2016 5:30pm CT - BTN Breslin Center - East Lansing, MI Nebraska Cornhuskers 11-8, 3-3 (Last: 78-67 W vs Illinois) vs #11 Michigan State Spartans 16-3, 3-3 (Last: 77-76 L vs Wisconsin) Big Ten Standings Indiana 6-0, 16-3 Iowa 5-0, 14-3 Maryland 6-1, 17-2 Purdue 4-2, 16-3 Ohio State 4-2, 12-7 Michigan 3-2, 13-5 Michigan State 3-3, 16-3 Nebraska 3-3, 11-8 Northwestern 3-4, 15-5 Penn State 2-4, 11-8 Wisconsin 2-4, 10-9 Illinois 1-5, 9-10 Minnesota 0-6- 6-12 Rutgers 0-6, 6-13 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (341-277, 58-57 at Nebraska) Michigan State Tom Izzo (511-202 at Michigan State) Injury Report Nebraska No injuries to report Michigan State G - Lourawls Nairn Jr. - Foot - Out indefinitely Scouting Michigan State Under Tom Izzo, the Spartans have been one of the flagship programs in the Big Ten. The Spartans have made seven Final Fours in the last 17 seasons and made 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Izzo, who is in his 21st year at MSU, returns three starters from a team that won 27 games and reached the Final Four in 2015. MSU won its first 13 games before falling to Iowa in its Big Ten opener on Dec. 30. MSU had won three straight before dropping back-to-back games to Iowa and at Wisconsin. MSU, which is ranked 11th in the AP poll released Monday, comes into Wednesday’s game averaging 78.9 points per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range. The Spartans have been solid defensively, holding opponents to 37 percent shooting, including just 28 percent from 3-point range. The Spartans feature one of the country’s top players in senior Denzel Valentine. The 6-foot-5 guard is one of the frontrunners for national player of the year, as he leads MSU in scoring (17.9 ppg) and assists (6.6 apg) while also grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior Bryn Forbes joins Valentine in double figures, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 47 percent from 3-point range. MSU has balance with three other players averaging at least eight points per game.
  15. January 16, 2016 1:30pm CT - BTN State Farm Center - Champaign, IL Nebraska Cornhuskers 10-8, 2-3 (Last: 84-59 W vs Minnesota) vs Illinois Fighting Illini 9-8, 1-3 (Last: 84-70 W vs Purdue) Big Ten Standings Indiana 4-0, 14-3 Iowa 4-0, 14-3 Maryland 4-1, 15-2 Ohio State 4-1, 12-6 Michigan 3-1, 13-4 Michigan State 3-2, 16-2 Northwestern 3-2, 15-3 Purdue 3-2, 15-3 Nebraska 2-3, 10-8 Illinois 1-3, 9-8 Penn State 1-4, 10-8 Wisconsin 1-4, 9-9 Minnesota 0-5, 6-11 Rutgers 0-5, 6-12 Head Coaches Nebraska Tim Miles (340-277, 57-57 at Nebraska) Illinois John Groce (156-104, 70-50 at Illinois) Injury Report Nebraska No injuries to report Illinois F - Leron Black - Knee - Out indefinitely G - Tracy Abrams - Achilles - Out for season F - Mike Thorne Jr - Knee - Out for season Scouting Illinois Under fourth-year Coach John Groce, Illinois is 9-8 on the season following a 84-70 win over No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 10. The win snapped a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play for Illinois, which has been plagued by injuries during the year. as they missed three potential starters for long stretches of the year. The Illini features a high-scoring combo of Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn, as the pair accounts for nearly 37 points and over 11 rebounds per contest. Against Purdue, the pair combined for 52 points, including a 30-point, eight-rebound effort from Hill. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick in 2015, Hill has been in double figures in all 17 games, including a pair of 30-point efforts.
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