Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AT 7:47 PM / Updated at 7:49 PM
Women’s basketball: Michigan at Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Former Husker All-American Kelsey Griffin will have her jersey retired before Nebraska’s game against Michigan.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln
TV: NET1
Radio: 93.3 FM KFFF

MICHIGAN (14-6, 5-2)
C Val Driscoll, 6-4, Sr., 4.9
F Cyesha Goree, 6-3, Jr., 11.3
F Nicole Elmblad, 5-11, Jr., 12.2
G Siera Thompson, 5-7, Fr., 13.5
G Shannon Smith, 5-7, Jr., 14.7

NEBRASKA (13-5, 3-3)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., 5.8
F Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., 14.2
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., 19.1
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., 13.2
G Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., 9.2

Scouting Michigan: The Wolverines are a “surprise” team in the Big Ten this year after losing four starters off a team that made the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. But the Wolverines have been able to wring incredible efficiency out of a seven-woman rotation. Michigan shoots 45.6 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range. Siera Thompson is hitting 47 percent from long range. Nebraska can’t let her get loose. Inside, Cyesha Goree has become one of the Big Ten’s steadiest post players, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. The Wolverines’ key weakness is turnovers, where they average 16 per game. But the rebounding margin — plus-9.3 per game — is so significant that Michigan keeps a lot of possessions alive.

Scouting Nebraska: Coach Connie Yori said it well Tuesday: Nebraska’s struggling, to some extent, with its status as the “hunted” instead of the “hunter.” While nothing about the Huskers right now suggests they’re close to being the best team in the Big Ten — they can’t get stops, the bench is thin, and the star player, Jordan Hooper, keeps missing shots — they’re still the league’s preseason favorite. The Huskers can’t afford another misstep in league play; every home game, from hereon, is close to essential, along with few road wins. Look for the Huskers to attack Michigan’s defense with quickness. On defense, NU should try to funnel shots away from Thompson and Nicole Elmblad, the go-to scorers when a basket is needed. Nebraska needs to find the stamina for a top defensive performance.

Opening tips: Hooper needs five points to tie Kelsey Griffin for No. 3 on the Huskers’ career scoring list and 10 rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career. Hooper would be the third NU player and fifth player in Big Ten history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. … Last year, Nebraska beat Michigan 57-39 in Ann Arbor. … Husker assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller played college basketball at Michigan.

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