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Nebraska needs to take advantage of the Gophers losing streak on Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Preview

Date: Saturday, February 27th

Time: 6:00pm CST

Location: Lincoln, NE

2021 Record: 13-11 (6-11 Big Ten)

Rank: N/A

Head Coach: Richard Pitino

Preview

The Mighty Minnesota Gophers. A team that started off the year with only one loss in the non conference is sitting near the bottom of the Big Ten Conference. Once ranked as high as #16 in the nation, they now struggle to keep their winning record alive.

The Golden Gophers carry a four game losing skid into the game against the Huskers on Saturday. Their last win was against Purdue on February 11th and from there have lost to Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and Rutgers.

While Nebraska has not exactly had the best of luck on the road or at home this season the Gophers are 0-8 on the road this season. Something that Nebraska will hopefully take advantage of in Pinnacle Bank. Even without the fans that have historically been a sixth man for the Big Red.

The last game Nebraska was without leading scorer Teddy Allen which hurt the Huskers chances. This time around, barring any unforeseen changes, he should be on the court against the Gophers on Saturday night. Even without Teddy the Huskers kept up with Minnesota until the second half when they pulled away with the win.

Marcus Carr is still leading the Gophers at point with 19.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.9 points per game. He had 21 points against Nebraska in the last outing and I would not expect much less from him this game. Nebraska will have to put pressure on him early and not let up as the game goes on . If they shut him down, they will have a better chance of pulling on the win.

Under the rim holding court is center Liam Robbins. The big man only had 7 points against the Huskers but pulled down 8 rebounds in the win. He is currently averaging 11.7 points, 1.1 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game. Liam is also swatting down 2.7 blocks per game. Not bad for the 7’ junior.

This is a Gopher team that should be ripe for the picking if Nebraska can keep their turnovers down and make their shots. I wouldn’t say it’s a win for the Huskers but it is winnable.


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