It’s interesting that, as Dylan points out, Nebraska has seemed like a good match-up for UM. My worry is that much of what we’re good at on defense (preventing offensive rebounds, 3s, and transition opportunities) isn’t what they emphasize, while getting to the line is what they’re good at and is something we’ve been fair at preventing. I’d say the number one thing defensively is not putting them (and especially Palmer) on the line.
Conversely, what they’re worst at on D is preventing offensive rebounds, something we’re lousy at. So will we take advantage? Or be able to overcome some of their strengths? I think they’ve been better at taking away the 3 than they have been in past years.
And they’ll be fired up for a number of reasons. I’ll be impressed if UM can win this one. The good news, though, is that it doesn’t seem like they have the offensive firepower to put up huge runs or run away and hide, so if UM can play smart and have a couple offensive bursts, the team should be in good or at least decent position late in the game.