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Nebraska Men’s Basketball Preview: Minnesota

The Huskers open conference play Wednesday

NCAA Basketball: Creighton at Nebraska Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Date: Wednesday December 6th, 2023

Time: 8:00pm CST

Location: Williams Arena Minneapolis, MN

Channel: BTN

Current Record: 5-3 (0-1 in B1G)

Head Coach: Ben Johnson (3rd Season) Record 22-39

Mascot: Golden Gophers

Preview:

The Minnesota Golden Gophers come into this game with a 5-3 record on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The last time out Minnesota was beaten by Ohio State 84-74. The Gophers average 79 points per game, thanks in part by shooting 48% from the floor. Minnesota averages 40 rebounds per game, with a margin of +8 per game in that category. They do turn the ball over a fair amount, as they commit 14.1 turnovers per game.

Minnesota is led by Dawson Garcia, a 6’ 11” Junior who averages 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. True Freshman Cam Christie is the only other Gopher to average double digits despite coming off the bench in every game with 11.0. The Gophers are a relatively young team, as none of the main 8 players in their rotation are Seniors. Minnesota does bring plenty of size though, as 5 of their featured guys are 6’6” or taller.

Nebraska comes into its first Big Ten conference game after losing 89-60 to in-state rival Creighton. Nebraska is 7-1 on the season, which is its best record to start a season in 30 years. The Cornhuskers average 78.9 points per game, shooting 43.9% from the floor. Nebraska averages 42.1 rebounds per game, with a margin of +6.1 per game in that category.

The Huskers are led by Senior Keisei Tominaga, who averages 15.5 points per game. Nebraska also has Junior guard Brice Williams, Junior forward Juwan Gary and Junior forward Rienk Mast averaging 14+ points per contest. Mast averages 9.8 rebounds per game, which paces the Huskers.

This is Nebraska’s first true road game of the season, as all but one game has been played at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The lone neutral site game was the 84-63 win over the Oregon State Beavers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Nebraska looks to move to 8-1 on the young season.