The Nebraska basketball team continues its quest for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998 and a first-round bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis  as the Huskers take on Indiana Wednesday night.

Tipoff from Assembly Hall is set for 6:01 p.m.   Coverage with Kent & Matt on News Radio 1110 KFAB begins with Husker Courtside at 5PM.  The game will be televised nationally on BTN, and we'll synch up the radio call with Cox Channel 80 through your DVR box in Omaha.

The Huskers (17-11, 9-7 Big Ten) enter the final week of the regular season with a chance to finish anywhere from second to sixth in the Big Ten standings. Nebraska has won six of its last seven games following a 54-47 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon. Against the Wildcats, the Huskers received a double-double from sophomore Shavon Shields, as he finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead three Huskers in double figures.

As it has been for the past month, it was Nebraska’s defense that clamped down on the defensive end. The Huskers held Northwestern to 33 percent shooting, and is holding its last seven foes to a combined 35 percent shooting. The Huskers’ defense is now allowing 63.3 points per game in Big Ten play to rank third in the conference.

The Huskers, who have already clinched their first .500 mark in conference play in five seasons, are bidding for their first 10-win conference season since 1999.

Indiana (17-12, 7-9 B1G) comes into Wednesday’s game with a two-game win streak after knocking off nationally ranked Iowa and Ohio State last week. The Hoosiers, who have played three games in the last week, feature one of the league’s top players in Yogi Ferrell, who averages a team-high 17.7 points and 3.8 assists per game. The win over Ohio State came despite not having the services of Noah Vonleh because of a foot injury. His status for Wednesday’s game has not been determined, and won’t likely be determined until gametime.

After Wednesday’s game, the Huskers will return home for Senior Night on Sunday when they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game is already sold out.

 By the Numbers
.645 - David Rivers’ shooting percentage from the floor since returning to the starting lineup on Feb. 16. He is averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds a game in that stretch.

.846 - Nebraska’s winning percentage in games decided by five points or less under Tim Miles. The Huskers are 11-2 in such games over the last two seasons.

2 - Nebraska (Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields) and Indiana (Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey) are the only Big Ten teams with multiple 30-point scorers this season.

4 - The Huskers have had four players total double-doubles this season (Leslee Smith, Walter Pitchford, Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway).

9.7 - Rebounds per game for Shavon Shields over Nebraska’s last three games following his 10-rebound effort against Northwestern.

Scouting Indiana
Indiana enters Thursday’s game with a 17-12 record and is 7-9 in the Big Ten heading into the final week of the season. Following Wednesday’s game, the Hoosiers travel to Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan on Saturday.

Under sixth-year head coach Tom Crean, the Hoosiers are a different team than the 2012-13 squad which featured two NBA Lottery picks and won the Big Ten regular-season title. The Hoosiers returned just one starter from a 29-7 squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Indiana has been up and down in conference play, posting wins over Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, but also losing at home to Northwestern and Penn State. IU is 14-3 at Assembly Hall.

While Indiana averages 73.0 points per game, the Hoosiers’ strength is a defense which holds teams to 41 percent shooting, while IU out-rebounds teams by a conference best 8.2 boards per game.

Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of the Big Ten’s top performers, as he averages a team-high 17.7 points along with 3.8 assists per game to rank in the top 10 in the Big Ten in both categories. Ferrell also shoots 42 percent from 3-point range for the Hoosiers. Noah Vonleh is one of the front runners for Big Ten Freshman of the year, as the 6-foot-10 forward averages 11.6 points and a Big Ten leading 9.1 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles on the season. Senior forward Will Sheehey is the third Hoosier in double figures, as he averages 11.1 points per game, including a 30-point outburst against Iowa last Thursday.

This is the fourth matchup between Crean and Nebraska Coach Tim Miles. In addition to the two meetings since Miles was hired at Nebraska before the 2012-13 season, Miles’ North Dakota State team upset eighth-ranked Marquette, 64-60, in the championship game of the 2006 Blue and Gold Classic in Milwaukee.

Nebraska-Indiana Series History
Nebraska and Indiana meet for the 13th time Wednesday night, and fourth since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Indiana leads the all-time series, 9-3, but Nebraska has won two of the three meetings since joining the conference. The Jan. 30 meeting in Lincoln marked the first time since 1944 (prior to the AP poll) that the Hoosiers were not ranked at gametime. The Huskers are winless in five previous trips to Bloomington, including a 76-47 loss to then No. 1 Indiana.