What a long strange trip it's been for the Nebraska basketball team since they started Big 10 conference play. There was the 3-0 start in the conference thanks to upset wins over Indiana and Maryland. Then there was the six-game losing streak that included two buzzer beating losses, including one to Rutgers. That streak was followed up by an upset win over 20th ranked Purdue, likely the best win of the year. And that was succeeded by an ugly loss to a mediocre Michigan State squad. Now the Huskers are going to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes even more banged up than they've already been.

Nebraska playing with one of their top scorers hobbled

The Huskers have seen injuries certainly have a dampening effect on a season that appears to have had a chance to go so much differently. While Anton Gill wasn't much of a factor in the early part of the schedule, one has to wonder if his presence might have made the difference for the Nebraska basketball team in all these close losses. Then there's ed morrow, who will miss yet another contest on Sunday. It's clear his absence has been felt, considering he was turning into one of the best big men in the conference. Now the Cornhuskers are reporting that Glynn Watson has a pulled groin. While he's expected to try and play, it's safe to assume he won't be anywhere near 100% when he's on the court.

Iowa might be getting healthy

If the confirmation of Ed Morrow being out and Glynn Watson being injured wasn't bad enough, it appears Iowa might be getting its best player back just in time for the Hawkeyes' game against the Nebraska basketball team.

Peter Jok has been out for a little over a month and it was his departure that cost Iowa to lose three conference games in a row. ESPN is reporting the team is optimistic he could return for Sunday's contest. Husker fans who wonder how much of a factor he can be might want to refresh their memories on how he performed in the teams' first meeting.

In that game, NU thought they had Jok contained in the first half. In the second half, the Iowa guard scored almost all of his 34 points and helped the Hawkeyes push the Huskers to double overtime.

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