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Michigan coach John Beilein said it over and over again.

Then he finished his press conference with emphasis.

"Nebraska," said the veteran coach. "It's good".

The Huskers showed how good they can be on Thursday night, exorcising their demons from Michigan and getting their biggest win of the season with a 72-52 loss by the No. 23 Cardinals versus 14,589 noisy fans Thursday. the night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The win marked Nebraska's first in eight attempts against Michigan since joining the Big Ten, and first over the Wolverines since 1964. By posting his highest margin of victory over an opponent ranked from 28 points beat No. 25 Texas Tech in 2004, Nebraska also broke another almost incomprehensible streak.

For the first time since joining the Big Ten, the Huskers led Michigan for two possessions in a basketball game.

There is still a long way to go in this season. And Michigan is not Kansas. But for one night, the Huskers looked like a team ready to race towards their first birth in the NCAA Tournament in four seasons.

"It's good to check that box," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. "I still have not decompressed at all, but I'm sure around 3 a.m. I will finally relax and feel great."

James Palmer scored 19 points to lead Nebraska (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) and was one of four Huskers in double figures.

It was the minor guard who bowed at night with Nebraska up 12 in the second half, catching a foul on Michigan striker Moritz Wagner, jawing with the all-major Diez strikers, throwing a pair of free throws, and then hitting a triple on Nebraska's next possession to help the Huskers re-establish control.

Isaiah Roby scored 14 points, his highest career score, and was part of Nebraska's masterful defensive effort. . The sophomore took out the task of protecting Wagner and helped keep the lead from 6 feet and 11 points to two points in 1 of 5 shots.

As a freshman, Roby was in the press room last season after Michigan humiliated Nebraska in a 93-57 bombing that set a record for the most unbalanced home loss program.

"I think I said something like I did not want to feel that again," Roby said. "So it's good to turn them around, I think you could say."

Charles Matthews had 15 points for the Wolverines (16-5, 5-3), but he was the only player in Michigan in double figures. .

Michigan pitched 38 percent from the field and only 22 percent (4 of 18) from the three-point range as it ended its season-low total of points. At one point in the second half, Michigan had 12 field goals and 12 turnovers.

Miles gave credit to Husker's assistant, Kenia Hunter, to plan the defensive game plan and the Huskers bought a title that the coach had not seen in a long time.

"We do not even check your things today," Miles said. "We just did their plays out of bounds, and that's the first time I've done it in years, just because we felt they (the Nebraska players) knew it, they talked to us about movies and things like that."

] Isaac Copeland had 13 points and four rebounds for Nebraska, while Anton Gill scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

The best half of the Nebraska season led to an 11-point lead at halftime, and Michigan did not get more than eight for the rest of the way. The Huskers led by two digits during the last 17 minutes of the game.

The Huskers shot 60 percent from the field, including two separate legs of six and five consecutive shots. Copeland, a game after scoring two points on 1-for-5 shots, had 10 at halftime.

Also in the first half, Roby had nine points and three assists, and perhaps the most important thing helped Wagner score 0-shots for-1.

Michigan finished half by failing 14 of its 16 final shots, and went dry offensively during an 18-4 Husker race that turned a 12-10 deficit into a 28-16 lead in Nebraska.

During that stretch, the Wolverines spent 7 minutes, 27 seconds between field goals. Entering the game with single-digit losses in nine of its 20 games, Michigan had eight in the first 14 minutes of the game and finished half with nine.

Copeland gave the Huskers an A for their defensive effort. [19659003] "No, because they still scored," said the young man. "We are proud of it, a good team like that, we wanted to lock them up and win the game."

Consider the vault blocked. Now Nebraska leaves home for four of its next five contests, including two games in four days at Ohio State and Rutgers.

But the Huskers will do it as a team that seems to be developing a reputation around the Big Ten. [19659003] "There are some teams in this league that are elite, and (Nebraska) is one of those teams that is growing by leaps and bounds," said Beilein. "They have the possibility this year of really being a very good team."