Nebraska out to sweep Indiana, improve NCAA tourney hopes

Off to one of its best starts since joining the Big Ten Conference, Nebraska will try to improve its NCAA Tournament hopes when it visits Indiana on Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.The Cornhuskers (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten) have won two straight games, but those were at home, where they’ve been next to perfect. On the road has been a different story, as Nebraska is 0-7 in conference play.”Can we carry this same effort on the road?” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said after Saturday’s 68-49 win over Penn State, doing so despite making four of 21 3-pointers as the Big Ten’s most prolific outside shooting team.Indiana (14-11, 6-8) has lost two straight, including Saturday’s 76-72 home setback to Northwestern. The Hoosiers have lost six of eight and are shooting a conference-worst 66 percent from the free-throw line.”A close game when you are scraping and scraping you got to make free throws,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson said after his team missed nine of 21 foul shots. “That’s just not good in close games.”Kel’el Ware had 22 points and 16 rebounds in the Hoosiers’ last game, and he’s had three 20-point performances in the past five. The 7-foot Oregon transfer will go toe to toe with Nebraska big man Rienk Mast, who stands 6-foot-10 and has five double-doubles this season.