ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Even though it’s already early February, the Nebraska men’s basketball team remains 0-for-the-season in true road games.
The Huskers lost Wednesday night to No. 10 Michigan 79-50, falling behind 8-0 to start the game and giving up runs of 12-0 and 15-0 to go down 49-21 at halftime.
With 11:19 left in the game, NU trailed by its biggest margin of the season — 41 points at 73-32 — putting it in danger of an all-time Top 10 worst loss.
The Wolverines (17-5, 9-1) backed off from there, scoring only six points the rest of the way, none in the final 4:08.
The setback was the seventh in a row on the road for NU (11-10, 3-6), which had won three of its previous four.
“It’s embarrassing,’’ Nebraska coach Tim Miles said on his radio show. “Michigan is a great team. Once they came out and they all were hitting 3s, you could see this sense of being rushed, like trying to keep up with them.
“What you’ve got to do is do what you do. We got some wide-open looks that didn’t go and some inside things that didn’t go, and now you look up and it’s Ohio State and Creighton all over again.’’
Nebraska lost by 31 points to Ohio State, and trailed Creighton by 30 in the first half of a 15-point loss.
Miles spent about double the normal 10-minute, cooling-off period afterward talking to his team.
“I told them I don’t see on some of you guys the intensity and the fire when things go bad,’’ he said. “That doesn’t mean you have to gamble for a steal.
“But, by God, you better come up with the 50-50 balls. And I asked, ‘Who attempted a charge the first half?’ Nobody.’’
Michigan hit 9 of 17 3-pointers in the first half to run away with the game.
“This hasn’t happened to Nebraska much this year,’’ Michigan coach John Beilein said. “So it was a good win for us. We came out a little angry coming off a loss.’’
Michigan regained the Big Ten lead with the win, following a loss Sunday to Indiana.
NU sophomore guard Terran Petteway, the league’s No. 2 scorer at 18.2 points a game, was held to five on 2 of 10 shooting. He had scored in double figures in 17 consecutive games.
Sophomore forward Shavon Shields led Nebraska with 13 points, 11 in the first half. Freshman guard Nathan Hawkins had a career-high 11. The Huskers shot 35.2 percent in scoring a season-low 50 points.
Michigan got 23 points from forward Glenn Robinson III and 16 each from guards Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert.
Nebraska’s next game is noon Saturday at Northwestern.