What to Expect: Nebraska

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Indiana finishes off its home schedule on Wednesday when it welcomes Nebraska to Assembly Hall on senior night. The Cornhuskers, who are 17-11 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten, won the first meeting between the two teams, 60-55, on Jan. 30 in Lincoln. 

The game will be broadcast on BTN at 7 p.m. ET and on the IU radio network (Sirius 92, XM 190):

Senior night at Indiana is always one of the most anticipated games of the season, regardless of the opponent. Schools across the country handle the honoring of their senior classes differently, but it’s hard to argue that any tradition is better than what takes place in Bloomington. Win or lose, fans stick around almost unanimously to listen to the coach’s postgame comments as well as those of the graduating class, who are joined on Branch McCracken Court by their families.

The night, obviously, is largely defined by the senior speeches which are always filled with a wide range of emotions. The proceedings last March were especially captivating given what Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston went through over their four years in Bloomington. There were smiles and there were tears as those three addressed the Assembly Hall faithful and much of the same is expected on Wednesday when IU honors Will Sheehey, Taylor Wayer, Jeff Howard and Evan Gordon.

But what can’t be lost in the emotion of a big evening for the program is the fact that there’s a significant game to be played before the ceremony takes center stage. Nebraska, much like Indiana, is fighting for its NCAA tournament life and this game represents a major opportunity for both teams to inch closer to 20 wins.

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Q & A: Cody Zeller reflects on IU career, talks 2013-2014 Hoosiers

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Cody Zeller was a program-changing recruit for Indiana.

In his two seasons in Bloomington, the All-American forward led the Hoosiers to 56 wins and an outright Big Ten championship before entering the 2013 NBA Draft, where he was the No. 4 overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Inside the Hall had the opportunity recently to talk at length with Zeller about his rookie season and about his time at Indiana. In part one of a two-part series that will appear this week on the site, Zeller reflects back on his collegiate career as a Hoosier:

Inside the Hall: Going back to your time at IU, what would you say was your favorite memory from your time as a Hoosier both on and off the court?

Cody Zeller: Wow, that’s a tough one. I can’t think of one. I definitely miss playing in Assembly Hall in front of the Hoosier fans. It was always so loud every game. It’s so easy to play hard just because you’ve got so much adrenaline and you kind of feed off the crowd. So I definitely miss playing at Assembly Hall. The campus was always fun off the court. There was always something to do and a lot of people hang out with. There was always something going on so I do miss the college campus a lot.

ITH: How much do you keep in touch with your former IU teammates these days?

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Crean talks IU’s four seniors in advance of senior night

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On his weekly radio show Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean talked about his four seniors on this year’s roster heading into Wednesday’s senior night against Nebraska.

Below are Crean’s entire comments on Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard, Taylor Wayer and Will Sheehey:

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“Evan Gordon is a guy that wanted to be back at Indiana, has a great future in front of him. And I just wish we would have been able to coach him longer because he would be even more indoctrinated into what we’re trying to do. But he’s getting better, he’s working at it and he’s spending time improving. And with his intensity level this high, we’re a better basketball team.”

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Bubble Watch: Is IU back in the discussion?

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After a month hiatus, “Bubble Watch” is back following a pair of IU wins over ranked teams last week and a revival of NCAA tournament hopes for the Hoosiers.

The return of Bubble Watch takes a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, what the Hoosiers might need to do to reach the tournament for a third straight season and other Big Ten teams currently on the bubble.

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It’s been an up and down season in Bloomington as Indiana has home wins over four ranked teams, but also has home losses to Northwestern and Penn State and just three wins away from Assembly Hall. With two conference games and the Big Ten tournament to go, there’s an opportunity for Indiana to play its way into the big dance.

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Film Session: Hanner’s lobs, Sheehey’s D

Where they’ve failed earlier in the season, the Hoosiers made plays on both ends of the court in the closing minutes against the Buckeyes to seal the victory on Sunday.

A look at Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s two lobs and Will Sheehey’s D on Aaron Craft — with some help from Mosquera-Perea —  in the latest edition of Film Session:

With Indiana holding onto a five-point lead with just over three and half minutes left, Mosquera-Perea makes a pass to Yogi Ferrell on the perimeter:

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Mosquera-Perea sets a ball screen on Craft for Ferrell:

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Film Session: Sheehey and Stan

Will Sheehey (30 points) and Stanford Robinson (17 points) scored career highs in Indiana’s 93-86 win over the No. 20 Hawkeyes on Thursday evening.

A look at some of their scores in the latest edition of Film Session:

The Hawkeyes are throwing a bit of a 2-1-2 trap at the Hoosiers and Yogi Ferrell throws it cross-court to Robinson:

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Noah Vonleh sets a pick to try and give him some more room to operate:

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Podcast on the Brink: Jordan Hulls

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Podcast on the Brink returns with Indiana legend Jordan Hulls to reflect on his career at IU and also to offer some thoughts on this year’s team in Bloomington.

Hulls, who is playing professionally in Poland, joins host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and gives his take on a variety of topics, including:

· Indiana’s win on Sunday over Ohio State
· What he misses most about playing at Indiana
· What makes Will Sheehey such a special teammate and player
· Why Tom Crean is so good developing players
· Whether he could beat Noah Vonleh in a 3-point contest

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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