While Indiana appears likely to see two starters return on Wednesday, Nebraska has a chance to get one of their own back in the lineup.
Cornhuskers center Rienk Mast will be a game time decision as Big Ten play resumes in Lincoln, Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said.
Mast went through most of a noncontact practice Monday then participated in “a little bit of contact” Tuesday, Hoiberg said.
“We’ll see how he reacts tomorrow,” Hoiberg said. “Obviously we’re gonna play it careful this time of year with him. We’ve got a long ways to go, but it’s nice to see him back out there for some of the drills.”
The 6-foot-10 and 248-pound Mast is the lone player in the main Nebraska rotation above 6-foot-8. He has missed the past two games after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee.
After transferring in during the offseason, Mast is averaging 13.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He has also attempted 36 3-pointers and made 12.
Nebraska has started 6-foot-8 New Mexico transfer Josiah Allick in Mast’s place. Allick has averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds over the past two games.
In their two games without Mast, Nebraska attempted 50 percent of their shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
On the Indiana side, the Hoosiers could see both starting point guard Xavier Johnson (10.5 ppg) and center Kel’el Ware (14.9 ppg) return after missing seven and one games, respectively.
Indiana and Nebraska tip at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on BTN.
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