Preview: Iowa at Nebraska
Iowa hopes this week's winter weather doesn't cool its hot streak. The Hawkeyes ride a three-game win streak into Saturday's rescheduled meeting at Nebraska. Junior swingman Roy Devyn Marble has been the catalyst for Iowa, averaging 19.3 points on 50 percent shooting during the past three games.
The Cornhuskers get a break from a tough schedule that featured losses to four ranked teams in their last five games. The Cornhuskers have struggled offensively but keep games close by taking care of the ball and playing solid defense. Nebraska is 4-0 in games decided by five or fewer points, while the Hawkeyes have five conference losses by four or fewer points.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, BTN2GO.com.
ABOUT IOWA (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten): The Hawkeyes, who haven't won four straight league games since 2006, rank second in the Big Ten in shooting defense (39 percent) and first in 3-point shooting defense (29 percent). Sophomore Aaron White averages 13.4 points on 50.5 percent shooting. With three home games and a trip to No. 1 Indiana remaining on its regular-season schedule, the Hawkeyes feel this road game could have big implications on their NCAA Tournament chances. "We are literally in control of our own destiny," coach Fran McCaffery said during his weekly teleconference. "It's so cliche, but if we take care of business and beat the teams on our schedule, we'll get in."
ABOUT NEBRASKA (12-14, 3-10): The Cornhuskers are last in the Big Ten and 332nd nationally at 58.8 points per game. Senior Dylan Talley averages 13.8 points and is coming off a career-high 28 points against Michigan State. Junior Ray Gallegos adds 12.6 points and went 0-of-13 for one point against Michigan State. Nebraska averages 10.9 turnovers and has had less than 10 in three of its last four games. The Cornhuskers can top last year's win total with a victory Saturday.
1. Iowa is 24-0 when holding an opponent under 60 points the past three seasons.
2. The Hawkeyes are 8-1 when White scores at least 16 points.
3. Nebraska senior forward Brandon Ubel went 9-of-9 from the floor in two games against Iowa last year.
PREDICTION: Iowa 69, Nebraska 59
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