Feb. 29, 2012
Feb. 24, 2012
#11 Northwestern (14-15, 4-12) vs. #6 Nebraska (21-7, 10-6)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,165)
Indianapolis, Ind. approx. 1 p.m. CT
Television Big Ten Network (Eric Collins, pbp; Mary Murphy, color; Lisa Byington, sidelines
Gametracker: Big Ten Tournament Central
Radio: WNUR, 89.3 FM
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern enters the 2012 Big Ten Tournament as the 11th seed, pitted against sixth-seeded Nebraska in opening round action. The Wildcats won the only regular season meeting between the two squads, a 63-51 upset of the then-No. 16 Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Nebraska is ranked 24th in both polls this week. Tip is slated for approximately 1 p.m. CT from Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.
Should Northwestern advance, it would face third-seeded Iowa in its second round game Friday at approximately 1 p.m. CT. For the complete bracket, please click on the PDF above.
# 24 Nebraska Huskers
2011-12 Record: 21-7, 10-6
Series History: Nebraska leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: Feb. 16, 2012 in Lincoln, Northwestern 63, Nebraska 51
Of Note: The Huskers have dropped four out their last six games, but defeated No. 14 Ohio State Sunday, 71-57. Forward Jordan Hooper was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Leading The Way
This year's senior class is the winningest group of Wildcats since 1996-97. They have been an integral part of the Wildcats' renaissance, posting 58 victories since the 2008-09 season and guiding the Wildcats to back-to-back postseason appearances. Over the past three seasons (including the current year), head coach Joe McKeown has guided the Wildcats to a combined 51 victories.
No Easy Path
Five Big Ten teams received votes in the latest Associated Press (AP) poll, which was released on Monday. Penn State climbed into the top 10 after clinching the Big Ten Championship last week, appearing at No. 9 this week, its highest ranking of the season. Ohio State is ranked at No. 14 this week, followed by No. 21 Purdue and No. 24 Nebraska. Iowa is among other teams also receiving votes this week.
Three Wildcats Earn All-Big Ten Honors
Juniors Dannielle Diamant and Kendall Hackney and freshman Morgan Jones were honored by the League coaches and media, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday (Feb. 27). Diamant was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and an honorable mention honoree by the media. Hackney joined Diamant in receiving an honorable mention nod from the media. Jones, meanwhile, earned honorable mention accolades from the coaches and also was named to the All-Freshman team roster.
Defense Key In Wildcats' Critical Win In Lincoln
Northwestern played together, made its shots and turned in a nearly flawless 40-minute defensive effort to upset its second ranked opponent of the season in a 63-51 dismantling of No. 16 Nebraska the last time these two teams met. The 'Cats limited Nebraska to just a 28 percent shooting effort, and an 18 percent performance from long-range, a category in which the Huskers ranked 11th (avg. 7.5) in the nation. On the flipside, NU shot 45 percent from the field and received 11 points from the bench, which had not been a primary source of the Wildcats' point production thus far. Tailor Jones chipped in eight points, Inesha Hale drained a huge triple in the final minutes and Kate Popovec drew a charge on Jordan Hooper to seal the Cats' triumph.
Complete game notes can be found by clicking on the PDF above.
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