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.
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