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  • Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Nebraska head coach Tim Miles argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Maryland in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Nebraska's Dachon Burke Jr. (11) blocks a shot by Maryland's Darryl Morsell (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Nebraska's Thorir Thorbjarnarson (34) and Isaiah Roby (15) blocks a shot by Maryland's Jalen Smith (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Nebraska's Isaiah Roby (15) blocks a shot by Maryland's Darryl Morsell (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Nebraska's Glynn Watson Jr. (5) shoots against Maryland's Darryl Morsell (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:10 pm

Nebraska 69, No. 21 Maryland 61

Nebraska surprises No. 21 Maryland in Big 10 tourney

JAY COHEN | Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — James Palmer scored 24 points and Nebraska shut down No. 21 Maryland for the first big surprise of the Big Ten Tournament, holding off the Terrapins for a 69-61 victory on Thursday.

Using a seven-man rotation because of injuries and backup guard Nana Akenten's suspension, the Cornhuskers harassed the Terrapins into 36 percent (18 for 50) shooting and 11 turnovers. Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and Isaiah Roby finished with 15.

Nebraska (17-15) earned a second win in the Big Ten tourney for the first time since 2016 and will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. The Cornhuskers advanced with a 68-61 victory against Rutgers on Wednesday night.

Maryland (22-10) swept Nebraska during the regular season, including a 60-45 win in Lincoln on Feb. 6. But the Terrapins struggled offensively in their third loss in their last four games.

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