With Rutgers and Michigan State being rescheduled for Thursday due to Winter Storm Juno, we were only treated to one Big Ten basketball game on Tuesday night. Could Michigan hold off a surging Nebraska squad after such an emotional loss to Wisconsin?
Game of the night: Nebraska at Michigan
Somewhat surprisingly, the Wolverines had little trouble with Nebraska, winning 58-44 for the program's second win in three games without star guard Caris LeVert. In this one, Michigan was also missing Derrick Walton Jr., who was a late scratch due to a toe injury.
Although the Wolverines have been known as a three-point shooting team in recent season under John Beilein, the recent rash of injuries has forced the team to rely more on its defense. That was apparent on Tuesday when Michigan held the Huskers to 31-percent field goal shooting. Nebraska isn't going to win many games when Terran Petteway shoots 1-for-11 from the floor like he did in Ann Arbor. Shavon Shields was the only Husker in double figures with 14 points, but he also struggled with his shot, going 4-for-12.
With those kind of numbers, Michigan didn't need to do much on offense to come away victorious. Aubrey Dawkins and Zak Irvin knocked down three treys a piece to pace the Wolverines, while Irvin hauled in 12 rebounds to finish with 14 points and a double-double. Max Biefeldt came off the bench for 26 minutes and nearly had a double-double himself with 12 points and nine boards.
Up next, Nebraska heads to Minnesota for a rematch with the Gophers on Saturday, while Michigan has a date with the rival Spartans on Super Bowl Sunday.