The Nebraska men’s basketball team returns to the road for the second time this week, as the No. 24/23 Huskers travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for a matchup with the No. 25/20 Iowa Hawkeyes.
Tipoff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is set for 4:30 p.m. (central) and the matchup will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call. Sunday’s game will also be available on BTN.com and the BTN2Go and Fox Sports Go apps with cable authentication.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Ben McLaughlin on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on XM radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates.
The Huskers (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) look to rebound following a tough 74-72 loss at Maryland on Wednesday. Jalen Smith’s basket with 3.8 seconds left was the difference in a game that saw nine lead changes and 11 ties. In the loss, James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 26 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists to pace three Huskers in double figures. Palmer has been on a tear as of late with four 20-point efforts in his last five games for the Huskers dating back to Dec. 8.
For the Huskers, who are ranked 24th in this week’s AP poll, Sunday’s game with the No. 25 Hawkeyes will mark the first time that both teams were ranked at game time. In addition, it has been 16 years since NU played a game as a ranked team against another ranked foe.
The Huskers defense, which ranks in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage and scoring defense, will be challenged by an Iowa attack which is among the nation’s best at getting to the foul line. Iowa averages nearly 30 attempts per game and shoots nearly 75 percent from the line, a big reason why the Hawkeyes average 82 points per game.
The Hawkeyes (11-3, 0-3 Big Ten) ran into a buzzsaw at Purdue, losing 86-70, on Wednesday evening. Junior forward Tyler Cook led Iowa with 24 points and six rebounds, while Isaiah Moss and Ryan Kriener added 13 and 10 points, respectively. The loss snapped Iowa’s five-game winning streak. Cook leads four Hawkeyes in double figures with 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.