Indiana opens its Big Ten schedule by hosting Nebraska in Bloomington on Saturday, with both teams eager to bounce back from high-scoring, multi-overtime losses to Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
The Hoosiers (6-1) sustained their first loss under new coach Mike Woodson, falling 112-110 at Syracuse in double overtime on Tuesday.
One of Woodson's goals against the Cornhuskers will be taking better care of the ball after Indiana turned the ball over 26 times, which led to 33 Orange points.
"Most of the turnovers were really unforced," Woodson said. "I mean, they were within the zone, and we were trying to make passes that weren't there. Things that we can clean up."
Trayce Jackson-Davis continued his high-level play for the Hoosiers, scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the Syracuse loss. In the last two games, he is averaging 37.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 72.5 percent from the floor.
"He's trying to lead, man," Woodson said. "That's, I think, a big part. Here's a young man that's just in his second year and he's trying to be a leader. That's nice to see, because if he's the best player on the team, he's got to lead, and he's doing a great job."
Indiana has won early in the season with defense, leading the Big Ten in defensive field goal percentage (35.0 percent), defensive rebounds (31.1 per game) and blocked shots (6.4 per game).
Nebraska (5-3) is coming off a 104-100 four-overtime loss Wednesday at N.C. State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Cornhuskers, under third-year coach Fred Hoiberg, have scored 80 or more points in three of their last four games.
Freshman guard Bryce McGowens has made an immediate impact for Nebraska, averaging 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. McGowens logged 58 minutes in the four-overtime loss.
"We have to find a way to put this behind us now," Hoiberg said. "We can't let this affect Saturday. Guys are obviously going to be very tired to play a lot of minutes tonight. We've got to find a way to get their bodies back, get their legs back before the Saturday afternoon game."
--Field Level Media