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Facing a golden opportunity to pick a marquee victory over a ranked opponent, Nebraska needed a near ideal performance on both ends of the floor in order to pull off an upset of red-hot No. 23 MI.

James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with a game-high 19 points, including a 3-pointer that put MI behind, 56-39, with 7:32 remaining.

The Huskers led for more than 30 minutes of game time and handed MI its most lopsided loss of the season.

"They're impossible to guard with Wagner", said Turgeon, echoing the same comments Tom Izzo and the Spartans made Saturday.

MI built a 10-point lead with just under six minutes to go, but Maryland tested the Wolverines' resolve and took a 63-61 lead on Kevin Huerter's 3-point jumper, which set up Abdur-Rahkman's heroics.

Michigan (16-5, 5-3), which had won nine of its last 10, suffered its most lopsided defeat since losing by 24 points at SMU in December 2015 and its worst against a Big Ten opponent since a 23-point loss to Michigan State in February 2013.

"You could see tonight why Nebraska is 11-1 at home", MI head coach John Beilein said. If you're fortunate enough to keep winning, the crowds are going to get bigger and bigger and you're going to get everybody's best shot.

Nebraska might have difficulty scoring as they square off against one of the NCAA's best defenses.

MI (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) scored a season-low 52 points on just 38 percent shooting from the floor. His three-pointer, and game winning free throws are the type of clutch plays we may come to expect from MI later in this season. This game also marked head coach Tim Miles' first double-digit win over a top-25 team as the head coach at Nebraska. Mortiz Wagner and Charles Matthews are both averaging 14.9 points per game for MI and the two are combing for 12.4 rebounds per game.

Nebraska was in total control this time.

Matthews also committed three turnovers, part of rare sloppy offensive showing for MI. Nebraska held Michigan's leading scorer Moritz Wagner to a season-low two points.

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U-M was down eight with a chance to cut it to six, but Matthews' careless turnover after a rebound led to a layup and a 10-point edge.

"I would hope we're in a good place", Miles said. We don't want to give them two.

Roby had two dunks and another basket during an 18-4 run that turned Nebraska's 12-10 deficit into a 28-16 lead. Coming into the game, the Huskers were 281st in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 42.5%.

Only two Wolverines seemed to come to play in the first half. "It shows what they're capable of".

Yet, Thursday night in Nebraska, in the Wolverines third game in five days, they didn't have the energy to do it once again, falling to the Huskers 72-52. MI plays its fourth game in nine days Sunday at home against Rutgers.

While it represents a trap game of sorts, it's also a contest MI should win - if it's the team that's been lauded so heartily the past week.

The Wolverines entered the game averaging 9.75 turnovers a game. He had three rebounds and an assist in seven minutes. First, Michigan just completed a three-game stretch which boosted their national profile.

"Last week, I discussed some personal issues with Coach Miles", the 6-foot-11 sophomore center from Montreal said in a statement. "This was just a hard personal thing for him".

MI hosts Rutgers on Sunday.

Nebraska will hit the road on Monday night to take on Ohio State for a 7 p.m. CT tip on BTN.

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