Husker regular season ends with whimper on Webster's senior night

Nebraska closed to 45-29 at halftime and scored the first basket of the second half.

After all but one of their first 14 conference games were decided by 12 or fewer points the Huskers have fallen on tough times, losing two of their last three games by 16 and the other by 15.

Lincoln, Neb. -- In the final game of the regular season, the Nebraska men's basketball team fell to the Michigan Wolverines 93-57 before 15,293 in attendance at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday night. Can they win a few games in the Big Ten Tournament? MI cruised into halftime still in charge by 16, 45-9, with Wagner, Irvin and Abdur-Rahkman already in double figures and Walton with nine first-half assists.

The Wolverines kept their foot on the gas to start the second half, using a 7-0 run on a D.J. Wilson jumper, Abdur-Rahkman 3-pointer and Walton jumper to balloon their lead to 52-31 with 18:15 remaining. Michael Jacobson had 10 points despite nursing a wrist injury to finish in double figures for the first time in almost a month.

But Michigan scored on 11 of the next 13 possessions to stretch its lead to 20 points for the first time - 39-19 - with 5:02 to go in the half. As a point of reference, Nebraska has three players with 30 made threes.

The Wolverines are the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament and will face ninth-seeded IL at noon Thursday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The teams split the two regular-season meetings.

Nebraska's inability to guard the three-point shot - or much of anything, really - sent the Huskers to their most-lopsided home loss in program history Sunday night.

There honestly wasn't many good things in this game for Nebraska.

" Michigan's 36-point win over Nebraska is its third-largest margin of victory this season and fourth double-digit win over a Big Ten opponent of 2016-17". They are not a great defensive team and they struggle to defend the three. Look for MI to knock down double digit three pointers en route to a 77-68 victory. Even Mark Donnal got in on the three-point act, nailing one and getting a reverse layup to boost Michigan's lead to 21-10.

Jordan Eccleston: Although Nebraska sits only above Rutgers in the Big Ten standings, MI cannot take this team lightly. Meanwhile, Nebraska ranks last in the Big Ten and 338th nationally in three point percentage defense. MI is just 11-16 against the spread on the season and 4-8 ATS away from home.

  • Julie Sanders