Minnesota vs. Nebraska: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Nebraska: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(20-9, 3-6 away)
Nebraska
(13-16, 11-7 home)
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.6 T Mbakwe 8.8 A Hollins 3.3
Nebraska D Talley 14.4 B Ubel 6.7 D Talley 2.4

On Wednesday, Minnesota visits Bob Devaney Sports Center to take on Nebraska. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Golden Gophers defeated the Cornhuskers 84-65 on Jan. 29 and are 3-0 against them over the past four years.

Minnesota is sixth in the Big Ten and Nebraska is in 10th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last game on Mar. 2, Trevor Mbakwe put up 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden Gophers ran it up on Penn State 73-44. He leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. For the Cornhuskers, Dylan Talley put up 20 points and five rebounds in the 72-65 loss to Illinois on Mar. 2. With 14.4 points per game and 2.4 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

In terms of team stats, Minnesota has an advantage in three key areas. The Golden Gophers have an edge in assists, 15 per game to 9.6 per game. Minnesota also has an advantage in rebounding, 39.3 per game to 31.9 per game. Finally, the Golden Gophers have the upper hand in scoring as well, 69.6 points per game to 58.7 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers have fewer giveaways, 10 per game to 13 per game.

Nebraska StatSmack

  • A for effort, but Minnesota has emerged victorious against Nebraska the last four times they've played.
  • Be afraid. Minnesota has blown out more teams than Nebraska this season (seven blowouts vs. zero).
  • Minnesota players are more experienced than Nebraska players (16,169 minutes played vs. 10,477 minutes played).
  • The Minnesota steals leader (Austin Hollins, 51 steals) has more steals than the Nebraska steals leader (Ray Gallegos, 41 steals).
  • Minnesota has a stronger schedule than Nebraska this season (SOS Rank: No. 2 vs. No. 7).
  • Rodney Williams is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Minnesota has a better record at home than Nebraska this season (15-2 vs. 10-7).
  • Minnesota has come back to win after being down at half against Nebraska four times since 1996.
  • Minnesota has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Nebraska ($25,277 vs. $27,594).
  • Minnesota has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 63 percent).
  • Over the past 10 years, Minnesota has had more players drafted by the NBA than Nebraska (two vs. zero).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 24 10 8 1 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 29 14 3 3 1 0 2
B Austin Hollins 31 11 3 3 2 1 1
B Rodney Williams 28 11 5 2 1 1 2
B- Joe Coleman 27 9 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C- Julian Welch 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Maurice Walker 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 9 2 2 0 1 0 0
D+ Wally Ellenson 7 3 1 0 0 0 0
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
NEB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dylan Talley 0 14 5 2 1 0 2
B Brandon Ubel 32 11 7 1 1 1 2
B Ray Gallegos 0 13 3 1 1 0 1
B- Shavon Shields 28 8 5 1 1 0 2
C David Rivers 25 6 3 1 0 0 1
C- Andre Almeida 15 5 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Benny Parker 21 3 1 2 1 0 1
D Jordan Tyrance 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Peltz 15 1 2 1 0 0 1
D Max Ritchie 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Kye Kurkowski 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Sergei Vucetic 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Trevor Menke 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
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