Nebraska basketball game vs Rutgers just got a little harder

When Nebraska basketball squares off against Rutgers on March 3, the Scarlet Knights will have a new weapon at their disposal.

Feb 3, 2024; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jeremiah Williams (25)
Feb 3, 2024; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jeremiah Williams (25) / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nebraska basketball team is bracing for a tournament bubble run to end the season. And now it turns out that one of the Huskers’ opponent, whom most fans have counted as a win, just got another weapon to use in Lincoln.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights got some very good news just before they played the Michigan Wolverines. Iowa State transfer Jeremiah Williams won a court case against the NCAA as he waited for the organization to rule that he could play.

The court win meant that Williams no longer had to wait to get on the court and he certainly looked ready once he got the OK to play. 

Against the Wolverines, Williams jumped into the fray, playing 29 minutes, scoring 10 points, hauling down 6 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists, and blocking one shot. He also helped Rutgers to a comeback win in Ann Arbor over a Michigan squad that is fading down the stretch.

It was a heck of a comeback for Williams too, who didn’t actually play in any games for Iowa State in the 2022-2023 season. Before that season could get going after he damanged an Achilles tendon during a workout in October of 2022. 

Williams also got caught up in the gambling scandal that gripped Iowa State. As part of his role in that, the NCAA had wanted him to sit out until February 18, however the court filing erased the rest of his suspension.

Nebraska basketball game vs Rutgers just got a little harder

Now that Williams is back, he presents a new challenge for the Nebraska basketball team. The good news here is that the two teams go head-to-head in Lincoln. 

However, the Huskers certainly didn’t need one of their end-of-the-season opponents suddenly getting an influx of talent. Of course, no one ever said making the tournament would be easy. Especially for a program like Nebraska basketball.