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

Nebraska welcomes Minnesota to Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday. It starts at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Cornhuskers lost to the Golden Gophers 84-65 on Jan. 29 and are 0-3 against them over the last four years.

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

The Cornhuskers were defeated by Illinois 72-65 on Mar. 2 despite 23 points from Ray Gallegos. He is averaging 12.7 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game. For the Golden Gophers, Trevor Mbakwe finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 73-44 blowout of Penn State on Mar. 2. With 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Minnesota has a statistical edge over Nebraska in three key areas. The Golden Gophers have an advantage over the Cornhuskers in assists, with an average of 15 per game to 9.6 per game. In addition, Minnesota has the edge in rebounding, 39.3 per game to 31.9 per game. Finally, the Golden Gophers have the edge in scoring as well, 69.6 points per game to 58.7 points per game.

However, turnovers are a strength for the Cornhuskers over the Golden Gophers, with an average of 10 per game to their 13 per game. When considering the Four Factors, Minnesota performs well in offensive rebounding percentage at 44.8. This ranks first in the conference and first in the country.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • Nebraska has a better record in close games than Minnesota this season (5-0 vs. 4-2).
  • The Nebraska three-point leader (Ray Gallegos, 72 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins, 58 three-pointers).
  • Dylan Talley is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in points.
  • The Nebraska basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Minnesota (82 percent vs. 42 percent).
  • Nebraska has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Minnesota ($19,128 vs. $26,516).
  • Brandon Ubel is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounds.
  • The Nebraska scoring leader (Dylan Talley, 418 points) has more points than the Minnesota scoring leader (Andre Hollins, 393 points).
  • Ray Gallegos is ranked 1st in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 9th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Nebraska has an average margin of victory of 13 over Minnesota in four wins since 1996.
  • Nebraska has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Minnesota ($15,894 vs. $20,977).
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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