When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena


Radio: 590 AM Omaha, 107.3 FM Lincoln

Michigan State (18-6, 9-4)

F Aerial Powers, 6-0, Jr., 20.7

F Jasmine Hines, 6-3, Sr., 9.8

F Akyah Taylor, 5-11, Sr., 5.5

G Branndais Agee, 5-11, So., 12.0

G Tori Jankoska, 5-8, Jr., 15.8

Nebraska (16-8, 7-6)

C Jessica Shepard, 6-4, Fr., 20.3

F Allie Havers, 6-5, Jr., 7.5

G Kyndal Clark, 5-7, Sr., 5.0

G Natalie Romeo, 5-7, So., 15.6

G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Sr., 11.0

Scouting Michigan State: The Spartans are one of the top teams in the Big Ten, but they’re tired because of a game against Maryland that had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. MSU will play its fifth game in 12 days — and its third game on the road in that stretch — which should give Nebraska some advantage in terms of conditioning and energy. MSU just lost at home to Penn State in a sluggish performance. The Spartans are led by Powers — one of the Big Ten’s most versatile and aggressive players — who helps her team enjoy a 12-rebound edge on opponents. Jankoska is a 3-point shooter whom Nebraska must find and contain. MSU has traditionally struggled to slow the Huskers’ offense, but that was in previous years, when NU didn’t turn the ball over so often and had more speed than this NU bunch seems to have. Hines, as a defender, should be able to put a body on Shepard.

Scouting Nebraska: There aren’t any true must-win games before the conference tournament, but Nebraska is running out of time to do anything other than win the conference tournament if it wants to make the NCAA tournament. The Huskers have won three straight against Michigan State — frankly, NU has outcoached MSU pretty significantly in all three games — but the Huskers don’t have the defensive might or depth to easily wear down the Spartans. That said, NU has lost only one game at home this year, and Romeo might be the best 3-point shooter in the nation when she’s in PBA. NU needs a third (and a fourth) scorer to help Shepard and Romeo. Look for more from Havers, who tends to play well against both of her home-state schools, Michigan and Michigan State. It’d help if, for a night, Theriot found her shot. She seems to want more fouls than will be called. Time to shake it off and get tougher to the hoop. NU’s RPI is now in the 70s. This is a big one.

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