Mascot: Goldie the Gopher
Line: Nebraska by 2.5
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
KenPom rank: 113
- This is the first time Nebraska has been favored in a true road game since the last time they played the Gophers at the Barn
- Fred Hoiberg is 3-1 vs Ben Johnson
- The Gophers and Cornhuskers have faced off 85 times, the most Nebraska has faced a B1G opponent
KenPom most used lineups
Player to watch: Dawson Garcia
Garcia is currently averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds per game as well as drawing fouls at an elite rate. He also has the ability to pass out of the post. His outside shot hasn't been great this season, just 28% at this time
Player to watch: Cam Christie
The younger brother of Max Christie is a star in the making and has been a remarkable jump shooter, hitting from 50% from non-paint 2s and 51.7% from 3 thus far.
Others to watch
Pharrel Payne is a load down low and an elite finisher. He's no threat at the 3 and is a lousy at the FT line. Mitchell is the main 3pt shooter on the team and hit from well over 40% at Pepperdine; currently hitting 35% with the Gophers. Hawkins is small at PG but lightning quick and able to draw contact to get to the FT line though not a great finisher in the paint; 3pt shot has been off this year. Joshua Ola-Joseph is a glue-guy type having a nice shooting year thus far. Isaiah Ihnen is a stretch 4 who appears to be struggling at the moment so his playing time and shooting are down in favor of Payne. SG Braeden Carrington has been struggling from 3 this season, shooting 17.4%.
UNL Game Notes
5 Ahron Ulis 6-3 190 lbs Junior - Likely out for the season
15 Blaise Keita 6-11 257 lbs Junior - Ongoing ankle injury recovery
Possible starters for Nebraska
10 Jamarques Lawrence 6-3 183 lbs Sophomore
30 Keisei Tominaga 6-2 179 lbs Senior
3 Brice Williams 6-7 213 lbs Junior
53 Josiah Allick 6-8 231 lbs Senior
51 Rienk Mast 6-10 248 lbs Junior
4 Juwan Gary 6-6 221 lbs Junior
0 C.J. Wilcher 6-5 214 lbs Junior
9 Jarron Coleman 6-5 213 lbs Senior
1 Sam Hoiberg 6-0 183 lbs Sophomore
2 Ramel Lloyd Jr. 6-6 210 lbs RS Freshman
11 Eli Rice 6-8 213 lbs Freshman
21 Matar Diop 6-10 213 lbs Freshman
31 Cale Jacobsen 6-4 200 lbs RS Freshman
35 Henry Burt 6-7 216 lbs RS Freshman
24 Jeffrey Grace III 6-3 197 lbs Sophomore
Fred Hoiberg presser
Look for a Mast-Allick-Gary big lineup potentially to be used
The Huskers get a chance to go on the road and try and wash the taste of a 29 point home loss out of their mouth. On one had, putting up a KenPom level bad 3pt shooting night isn't going to happen most games. On the other hand, this is a team that can't afford to get into a rut of becoming unfocused defensively and short on effort when the ball isn't going in the hoop. This game is a chance to try and get right vs an opponent with issues of their own.
This is likely a make or break year for Ben Johnson who has some nice pieces around Dawson Garcia. Defensively the Gophers are a bit like Creighton where they'll run you off the FT line and are pretty good at defending without fouling which is a problem for a team like Nebraska that isn't keen on scoring inside. One thing that should help is that the Gopher offense tends to be sloppy with the ball which should lead to some easy runouts. We'll see what adjustments the Huskers might have in mind though.
Defensively look for the Huskers to continue to double team the post while running guys at Garcia from different spots. Part to focus on limiting Garcia is that you're likely to have some secondary player have a career night against the Huskers. The key is to not give up both.
Minnesota is talented and will go on runs but they provide a winnable road game opportunity because they're also wildly inconsistent. Win or lose how Nebraska handles this adversity and its business on the defensive end will be what's going to define this team.
Prediction: Nebraska 68 - Minnesota 64