Nebraska hasn't played very well on the road this season, but Maryland has had a nasty habit of playing nail-bitingly close games at home.
With the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams this past summer, that means a little year-to-year variation in the basketball schedule.
Northwestern is now 1-8 in conference play.
Already without Caris LeVert — who'll miss the remainder of the season — Michigan found out before Tuesday night's game that second-best player Derrick Walton Jr.
An inconsistent start to Big Ten play had the Huskers sitting at 3-3 and looking nothing like the team that was a legitimate contender a season ago.