Nebraska men’s basketball defense shines in win over Iowa

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska men’s basketball team defeated Iowa 66-50 on Thursday night behind a strong defensive showing.

The Huskers’ 50 points allowed is the lowest ever in Fred Hoiberg’s time at Nebraska.

Nebraska held Iowa to season lows in points (50) and field goal percentage (.260). Iowa entered the game leading the Big Ten in scoring offense (83.8 points per game).

Hoiberg said the Huskers talked about winning the game on defense and energy while in team huddles.

“That’s what this team is built on, the defensive identity,” he said. “They’ve bought into it, and I could not be prouder how they went out and responded.”

Junior forward Juwan Gary said, “Defense was a mentality we had almost all week, so we just went out there with the game plan. The defensive effort was more from the coach pushing us through every week, every day.”


Senior guard Emmanuel Bandoumel throws the ‘bones,’ representing the Huskers’ defense.

The Huskers have now held four straight opponents (Purdue, Kansas State, Queens and Iowa) to 40% or lower.

The Big Red had 54 rebounds in the win, the highest total in a Big Ten game since joining the league in 2011-12 and most in a conference game since at least the 2002-03 season.

Offensively, the Huskers’ five starters put up double figures.

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