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2018 Big Ten Tournament Preview: #5 Michigan Wolverines vs #4 Nebraska Cornhuskers

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To make the NCAA tournament, the Huskers will most likely have to win today, can they do it?

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s game between No. 4 seed Nebraska and No. 5 seed Michigan is the matchup both teams wanted heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

For Michigan, they want revenge against Nebraska, arguably playing their worst game of the season last time out against the Huskers. Michigan never led during the game, losing by twenty in a game that matters so much now for Nebraska.

Nebraska, at the moment, is projected out of the NCAA tournament field by many bracketologists. The one thing keeping them in that very conversation, that twenty point win over the Wolverines. The win gave the Huskers their only “Quadrant-1” win of the season, not counting their win over Minnesota, whom at the time were ranked No. 14. It’s safe to say if Nebraska doesn’t win this game, a trip to the tournament doesn’t seem too likely.

No. 5 Michigan Wolverines at No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Time/TV: 2:30PM ET BTN

Last night the Wolverines had a scare from the Iowa Hawkeyes, just escaping with a 77-71 win in overtime. Michigan was lucky to win that game, as they shot just 3-of-19 from three point land, with Duncan Robinson making all three. For a team that relies so much on their shooting abilities, Michigan can’t shoot like that again if they want to beat Nebraska.

As for Nebraska, their last game came against Penn State, in which the Huskers took care of business, trailing the Nittany Lions just once throughout the whole game. If the Huskers play defense as well as they did against Penn State, Michigan will have a tough time getting open shots around the interior.

Michigan and Nebraska are two very evenly matched teams, but because this is a “must win” situation for the Huskers, the Huskers play with more heart and grit, winning a close, grueling Big Ten matchup.

  • Pick: Nebraska