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Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 2.16

Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby (15) blocks a shot by Northwestern center Barret Benson (25) on Feb. 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Roby on Thursday will draw the defensive assignment on Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis, the Wolverines' leading scorer.

Michigan (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Zavier Simpson; 6-0; Jr.; 9.3; 5.1

G Jordan Poole; 6-5; So.; 13.2; 3.2

G Charles Matthews; 6-6; Sr.; 12.8; 5.1

F Ignas Brazdeikis; 6-7; Fr.; 14.4; 5.2

C Jon Teske; 7-1; Jr.; 9.3; 5.6

Nebraska (15-13, 5-12)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 12.4; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 18.9; 4.4

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 9.0; 2.8

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.6; 4.1

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.3; 7.1

Time, TV and radio: 6 p.m., ESPN (34), 1400.

Scouting: Ignas Brazdeikis is the latest matchup nightmare wearing the maize and blue, following in the footsteps of Mo Wagner. The freshman leads Michigan in scoring and is second in rebounding. Isaiah Roby will draw the defensive assignment. Can he stay out of foul trouble and make Brazdeikis work?

Trending: Nebraska's last two wins against AP top-10 teams have come against foes ranked ninth, as Michigan is this week. Both those victories came in 2013-14, when the Huskers knocked off Michigan State and Wisconsin during their miracle run to the NCAA Tournament.

Forecasting: Nebraska is 0-8 all-time against Michigan in Ann Arbor, and just 3-15 all-time against the Wolverines. Before last season's 20-point win at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the last time the Huskers beat Michigan was in 1964. Doesn't take an expert to figure out things won't be easy.

— Chris Basnett

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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