The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks to build on one of the most successful seasons in program history this week, as the Huskers travel to New York City for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.
Tournament action begins on Wednesday, but the Huskers (22-9, 13-5 Big Ten) won’t be in action until Friday after wrapping up one of the four double-byes in the 14-team event. Nebraska will play Friday afternoon at approximately 1:20 p.m. (CT) against either fifth-seeded Michigan, No. 12 seed Iowa or No. 13 seed Illinois.
Friday’s Big Ten quarterfinal will be televised nationally on BTN with Brian Anderson, Jon Crispin and Mike Hall on the call. The game is available on BTN.com, BTN2Go and the Fox Sports Go app.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Nebraska heads to the Big Apple as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. The Huskers won eight of their last nine games following a 12-point win over Penn State on Sunday. In that game, Isaac Copeland Jr. had 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska held Penn State to just 41 pecent shooting, including 26 percent in the opening 20 minutes, to build a 17-point halftime lead.
The Huskers’ success down the stretch came mostly after switching to a smaller lineup on Jan. 15 when Isaiah Roby and Anton Gill moved into the starting lineup. Since then, Nebraska is 10-2 and shooting 46 percent from the field, while also out-rebounding opponents in that span. Defensively, NU is holding opponents to six points per game less since changing the lineup.
While James Palmer Jr. performed at an All-Big Ten level throughout conference play, the biggest beneficiaries have been the Husker frontcourt of Copeland and Roby. Copeland is averaging 13.8 points per game on 52 percent shooting in that stretch, while Roby is averaging 10.7 points on 63 percent shooting, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game over the last 12 contests.
Nebraska is 3-1 against the three teams it could face on Friday (1-0 vs. Michigan and Iowa; 1-1 vs. Illinois) and a win on Friday would put the Huskers in the Big Ten semifinals for the first time and the first time in a conference tournament since 2006.