Nebraska gave No. 2 Michigan all it could handle Wednesday night, but fell short on the road, dropping a 62-47 decision to the Wolverines.
Ray Gallegos led Nebraska with 19 points.
Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) game into Wednesday's game as one of the hottest offensive teams in the Big Ten, and Nebraska's aggressive defense and deliberate pace on offense kept the game close and frustrated the Wolverines into shooting 32 percent from the floor before halftime.
In the end, though, Michigan's front court and depth were too much for the Huskers, who dropped their third straight conference game.
“We played a really good team, one of the country's best and as the game moved on, I felt like they got more confident,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said on his post-game radio show. “They said, 'we can do this, we can compete if we do these things.”
Michigan held a decided advantage in the post, and collected 16 offensive rebounds en route to out-rebounding Nebraska 47-30 in the game. Despite the disparity, Nebraska still found itself in a dogfight late in the second half.
“I thought even four or five minutes late there was a chance to make a charge and win the game,” Miles said.
With 7:12 left in the game, Gallegos hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 47-42, but on the next possession, Glenn Robinson III threw down a follow-up dunk that riled up the Michigan home crowd. That was as close as Nebraska (9-7, 0-3) would get in the contest.
Head coach Tim Miles said he wasn't looking for moral victories Wednesday, and that Nebraska knows what it has to do to win games. Wednesday's game was the 15th time in 16 games this year that Nebraska has held its opponent under 50 percent shooting from the field.
“We have to unconditionally accept that this is the way we're going to have to play to win games,” Miles said. “I think we're getting closer to that. I was proud of the kids tonight and their effort and they put themselves in the position to win and we know what we have to do to get over the top.”
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