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Big Ten Tournament: Hoosiers look to stave off elimination with a little revenge against Nebraska

Indiana will need to win five games in four days to win the Big Ten Tournament and earn a bid to an NCAA regional. It starts this morning with Nebraska.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

What: (2) Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. (3) Indiana Hoosiers

Where: Omaha, Nebraska, TD Ameritrade Park

When: Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. ET (BTN)

As the Indiana Hoosiers traveled from Lincoln to Omaha after the dust settled last weekend and the Big Ten Tournament bracket was set, the thought of a Thursday rematch with Nebraska and the hope of a little revenge has to cross the minds of Chris Lemonis and company. However, they must have hoped that it would be later this afternoon in the winner's bracket and not at the crack of dawn facing elimination.

It is hard to imagine that the Hoosiers are carrying any amount of confidence into this contest having lost five straight ballgames, including being swept by the Huskers just last weekend in a three-game set where Indiana was held to one measly run. Not even the absence of Nebraska slugger Scott Schreiber is comforting. He missed the final two games on last weekend's series to no advantage for the good guys.

Today's probable starters faced off last weekend on Friday when the Huskers downed Indiana 2-0. Caleb Baragar (4-4) turned in a quality start in a losing effort, allowing two runs on six hits over 6.0 IP, but was bested by Matt Waldron (7-2), who gave Darin Erstad's club 8.0 IP and held the Hoosiers scoreless on just three hits.

No matter what Baragar gives the Hoosiers today, they have to give him more than they've given any of their pitchers over the last five games, in which Indiana hitters have recorded just 21 hits and 38 strikeouts, and the club has scored just 1.2 runs per game.

If Indiana can produce some offense, though, the backend of the battery is fully in tact and ready to save a ballgame with neither Thomas Belcher nor Jake Kelzer having pitched yesterday against Maryland.

Coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. on Big Ten Network and first pitch will follow shortly.