Indiana Basketball: 3 Takeaways from Road Loss to Nebraska

Turnovers and sloppy play were common themes against the Cornhuskers.

Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers forward Juwan Gary (4) blocks a shot by
Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers forward Juwan Gary (4) blocks a shot by / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 3, 2024; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

It's the Little Things that Make All the Difference

Head coach Mike Woodson and Indiana's coaching staff knew what needed to happen in order to defeat Nebraska. The Cornhuskers don't beat themselves. They take care of the basketball, they don't foul, and they play disciplined defense. That is exactly the way they played last night. Neither Woodson or Fred Hoiberg saw Keisei Tominaga having one of the best games of his career in the cards.

That said, Indiana's undisciplined play did them no favors. Nebraska, on the other hand, did the little things all night. Nebraska shot 77 percent from the free throw line, while Indiana shot 68 percent. Nebraska grew and kept its lead with turnovers. The 'Huskers forced 19 turnovers, including 15 steals.

The Cornhuskers turned those 19 turnovers into 27 points, 10 of those points on fast breaks. Hoiberg teaches active hands in the passing lanes, and Indiana did not adjust. They were careless with the basketball. Returning guard Xavier Johnson and Trey Galloway did not take care of the basketball, combining for seven turnovers to five assists.

Coach Woodson held nothing back when it came to criticizing his guards: