The Michigan Wolverines (10-4, 2-0) travel to Nebraska (8-6, 0-2) to take on the Cornhuskers Thursday night. The game features two teams trending in opposite directions. Michigan comes into the game with a four game win streak, including an impressive road-win against Minnesota. Nebraska on the other hand will be entering the game coming off three straight blow-out losses to Cincinnati, Iowa, and Ohio State.
During the time that star big man Mitch McGary has been out, the whole team has seemingly stepped up their game. Veterans Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan have combined to average 16 points and 14 rebounds during conference play. True freshman Zak Irvin is also starting to come into his own, and is currently averaging 10 points a game in Big Ten contests.
Nebraska is led by 6-6 sophomore forward Terran Petway. Petway averages a little over 17 points and 5 rebounds per game, and he hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down despite playing stiffer competition since the start of Big Ten play. Sophomore guard Shavon Shields is the only other Husker averaging double digit points this season, coming in at a little under 12 points per game, while also averaging a not-so-great 1:1 assist to turnover ratio. Shields, like most of his Husker teammates, has struggled as of late, however. In his last three outings he has averaged a little over 5 points per contest. The Wolverines will hope to keep this trend going.
To me, this game comes down to whether or not the Wolverines take care of business. Nebraska hasn’t finished any better than 10th in their two seasons in the Big Ten, and this Nebraska team hasn’t shown that they will be much better than its predecessors. If Michigan’s big guns (Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert) can get going, this game should be an easy win for the Wolverines, the fifth win in a row for Michigan basketball. My official prediction: Michigan 74 Nebraska 58.