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    Game Day Essentials: Game #21 vs Minnesota

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-8) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-9)



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      Date: Saturday, Jan 31th, 2015

      Time: 5:00 p.m. CST

      Arena: Williams Arena

      Capacity: 14,625

      Broadcast Information

      Television: BTN

      Online: BTN2GO

      Announcers: Cory Provus and Shon Morris



      Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 117); XM (195)

      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka

      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

    Minnesota Info

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    Head Coach: Richard Pitnio

    Location: Minneapolis, MN

    Conference: B1G 10

    Nickname: Golden Gophers

    Mascot: Goldy Gopher

    Last time out: Lost to Penn St

    Typical Rotation Depth: 8-9 players

    Opening Line: Minnesota by 7

    Fun Fact : Minnesota started 0-5 in the conference before knocking off Rutgers

    Fun Fact : Senior Elliott Eliason hails from Chadron, NE

    Fun Fact : Richard Pitino and Rick Pitino faced off for the first time with the elder Pitino's Louisville team winning easily

    Player to watch: Andre Hollins

    The 6'2" Senior shooting guard is the leading scorer and 3pt shooter on a fairly balanced Gopher attack. After slumping from behind the arc for most of conference play Hollins exploded for 31 points including 7-10 from 3pt range against Rutgers. He continued that tear in Lincoln with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Skinny

    In the last two games since beating the Gophers the Huskers beat a good MSU squad at home and didn't show up vs a salty Michigan team on the road. Nebraska playing poorly on the road most of this season doesn't give one that fuzzy feeling given our upcoming schedule and current game against Minnesota.

    Speaking of home court advantage, the Gophers are a much better team at home with Points per Possession over 1 in The Barn in conference, not scoring under 70 points even in two loses. Given the Huskers haven't scored over 60 points in conference on the road, something will have to change for the Huskers to grab this very important game.

    Tempo and turnovers will be two things the Huskers need to control. The faster the game, the more sloppy Nebraska will become and the least likely they can keep up with Minnesota's shooting. My heart wants to say that the Huskers come out firing in this one but my head can't overlook all the previous results of both teams.

    Prediction: Minnesota 67 - Nebraska 61

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    Coach Miles has said in interviews some (unspecified) change-ups may be in order. Expect the Unexpected??  (But don’t look for the Black Unis!)  

     

    Shavon Shields (16.6 ppg & 15 pts last game vs MN) is only 20 points away from 1,000 career points (word is father, Will Shields, will be named as a nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening). :ph34r:

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    Coach Miles has said in interviews some (unspecified) change-ups may be in order. Expect the Unexpected??  (But don’t look for the Black Unis!)  

     

     

    Seems like Tarin Smith makes sense to crack the starting lineup.

    Let me also make the popular prediction that this is the game we finally see a Nick Fuller unleashing

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