BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Nebraska at least grabbed No. 1 Indiana's attention for a while Wednesday night.
The Huskers led after the first two media timeouts.
They also made more first-half field goals than the Hoosiers, and held the nation's second-highest scoring team without a field goal for more than 10 minutes.
Then IU's talent and depth kicked in, leading to a runaway 76-47 victory in front at Assembly Hall.
Nebraska (12-13, 3-9) gave up any upset hopes by going scoreless for the final 4:24 of the first half and the first 2:00 of the second.
In that stretch, Indiana (22-3, 10-2) turned a 21-18 lead into a 34-18 edge. The Huskers never got closer than 11 points again, and eventually trailed by as many as 31 points.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles had said he wanted to “muck up'' the game. Indiana's 27 points at halftime was a season low.
“We had it at a pretty good pace for a long time,'' he said. “But the second-half 3-point shooting really took a toll on us. That's what separated the game.''
Indiana hit four 3s in the first seven minutes after halftime. The Hoosiers' other three baskets in that stretch were dunks.
“You're sitting there down nine or 11 and thinking you're OK,'' Miles said. “Then you look up and it's 21. It doesn't take much for them to get going in transition and hurt you.''
Senior point guard Dylan Talley was the only Husker in double figures with 16 points. Foul trouble and the flu limited senior forward Brandon Ubel to four points and eight rebounds.
Indiana had six players score between 16 and eight points. All-America center Cody Zeller had 16 points while forward Christian Watford added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“They are as good a team as I've seen in a long, long time,'' Miles said. “I can see why people are talking Final Four for them. They are as complete a team as we've seen.''
The loss was NU's 26th straight away from home against Top 10-ranked foes.
Nebraska plays Saturday at home at 7 p.m. against No. 8 Michigan State (21-4, 10-2).