Husker men’s hoops returns home from overtime win to face Illinois
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska is returning home after a two-game road trip and is preparing to face Illinois on Tuesday.
The Fighting Illini, who hold a 1-3 conference record, are coming off a win against No. 14 Wisconsin over the weekend.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that the team will need to focus on playing 40 minutes against Illinois, which he called a “really physical team.”
“It’s important now to come back and protect home court in this league,” he said. “You have to do it if you have any chance of having success, and our guys will be ready.”
Hoiberg said the key to beating the Illini is to take care of the basketball and keep Illinois out of transition.
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— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) January 9, 2023
Nebraska is coming off a big win over the weekend. On Saturday, the Huskers outlasted Minnesota in overtime, winning their second conference game of the season.
But despite that win, Hoiberg said Nebraska will need to come out with urgency to compete against Illinois.
“The important thing when you have a big emotional win like that is putting it behind you,” he said. “And our guys, as they’ve done all year, they’ve had a good approach.”
The Huskers have played well at home this season. The team’s only loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena came from No. 4 Purdue in overtime on Dec. 10.