The Nebraska basketball program took a huge step forward last night when they snapped Indiana’s 26-home game winning streak, defeating the 16th ranked Hoosiers 87-83. Sophomore Glynn Watson Jr. scored 26 points to lead the Cornhuskers in their upset victory, which was Indiana’s first loss at Bloomington Assembly Hall since Michigan State beat them on March 7, 2015.
Senior guard Tai Webster also played a huge role in the victory, adding 21 points in a season-high 38 minutes. Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles was thrilled after the game saying, “I think this is probably one of the more unexpected ones for our guys and I hope it just gives them so much confidence. We haven’t been able to get on top on the road. So to play from the lead was important tonight and sustaining that. I thought, was a great mark on their mindset.”
Indiana is the defending Big Ten champions and coming into to game with their home-game winning streak, the Hoosiers came into the game as big favorites. Indiana basketball head coach Tom Crean tipped his head to the Cornhuskers saying, “They did a great job and they made more plays than we did and it’s bewildering to me that we’re having trouble challenging shots.” The Hoosiers’ leading scorer James Blackman Jr. was only held to 12 points on 4-14 shooting, his second-worst shooting outing of the season.
Nebraska fans have a long way ahead of them before they start printing out NCAA Men’s Final Four tickets, but this kind of win can give a team huge momentum moving forward. The Cornhuskers started the season 4-0, but then lost six of their next seven, with losses to top ranked teams Creighton and Kansas. With a win huge road victory against Indiana to close out 2016, this is the type of win that kickstarts a great second half of the season.