Nebraska basketball's game vs Michigan just got a bit easier

The Michigan Wolverines have had a season to forget and now they're finishing out the year against Nebraska basketball without one of their stars.

Feb 17, 2024; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) shoots
Feb 17, 2024; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) shoots / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska basketball team has three games left and it looks like they might be playing their best basketball of the year as the regular season winds down. Fresh off a blowout win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Huskers have three games left. And one of those might have just gotten quite a bit easier.

Their final regular season game features a trip to Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines. Normally, that would be a very tough finale. However, this year, Juwan Howard's crew is just 8-20 on the season and now they've lost one of their best players for the rest of the campaign.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Olivier Nkamhoua underwent wrist surgery and has been shut down until next fall. Nkamhoua, a Tennessee Volunteers transfer, started all 26 games for the 8-18 Wolverines this year and averaged 14.8 points per contest.

“Decisions like this are never easy,” Olivier Nkamhoua said through an official release. “Playing with this injury became taxing, and we knew something had to be done. I feel like I wasn’t able to finish what I came here to do; however, the support and love from the coaches, my teammates and everyone involved with this program has been so amazing."

Nebraska basketball's final regular season game just got a bit easier

Michigan is missing a big piece of the puzzle, as he has notched 21 double-digit point games this year with four games of 20-plus, and he’s also averaged a career-best 7.1 rebounds per game.

Against the Nebraska basketball team when the two schools squared off in Lincoln earlier this season, Olivier Nkamhoua wasn't a factor offensively, but he did almost everything else well.

In the 79-59 loss, he was just 1-for-10 from the field. However, he was a massive presence on the boards with 10 rebounds. He also had 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals.