The Big Ten First Round concludes Wednesday night when the Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-21, 2-17 in Big Ten) visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-15, 9-11). Neither of these teams are going dancing this season, but Nebraska could find themselves with a NIT invite if they grab one or two wins this week. Below is my college basketball prediction for Minnesota vs Nebraska.
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Minnesota vs Nebraska Betting Pick
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This game will be played at United Center at 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
✅ Nebraska is 5-1 ATS in their last six games played.
✅ The Cornhuskers are 5-1 in their last six games.
✅ Minnesota is 1-13 in their last 14 games overall.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Team Stats Per Game
Advanced Game Stats
|74.33||Avg Opp Score||74.67|
|81.33||Avg Opp Score||71|
|77.8||Avg Opp Score||72.4|
|83||Avg Opp Score||67.8|
|78.5||Avg Opp Score||73.5|
|76.1||Avg Opp Score||66.8|
Head to Head
Teams Last 10
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Last time out, Minnesota hosted the Wisconsin Badgers and suffered a tough 71-67 defeat. This loss will be a tough to swallow for the Golden Gophers as they led most of this game, but could not cross the finish line. The Badgers grabbed the lead for the first time in a while with just 47 seconds left and were able to hold on for the win. Minnesota led by as many as seven points, never trailed by more than five, and covered the +5.5-point spread.
Dawson Garcia has 19 points, two rebounds, two steals, and one block on the night. Joshua Ola-Joseph added 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal in the loss.
Through 29 games, Minnesota is scoring 62.7 points per game, shooting 43.0% from the field, and assisting on 14.3 made shots. The Golden Gophers are allowing 70.9 points, grabbing 33.1 rebounds, blocking 4.0 shots, and stealing the ball 4.7 times.
Nebraska’s regular season came to an end with an impressive 81-77 victory at Iowa. The Cornhuskers started the game strong, but it was the Hawkeyes who grabbed a four-point halftime lead. After the break, the Cornhuskers kept in range of Iowa and eventually grabbed the lead, and held on to it, with just under four minutes to go. Nebraska led by as many as nine points, trailed by seven, and won outright as +11.5-point underdogs.
Derrick Walker had nine points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and one block in the game. Sam Griesel added 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in the win.
After 31 games, Nebraska is scoring 67.7 points per game, shooting 45.8% from the field, and assisting on 13.0 made shots. The Cornhuskers are allowing 69.6 points, grabbing 34.7 rebounds, blocking 2.5 shots, and stealing the ball 5.6 times.