Nebraska vs. Minnesota Big Ten Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
The No. 11 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-15, 9-11 Big Ten) are favored by 5.5 points when they play the No. 14 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-21, 2-17 Big Ten) in the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday at United Center, starting at 9:00 PM on Big Ten Network. A guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket is on the line as these teams look to claim the Big Ten championship. The point total for the matchup is set at 138.
Nebraska vs. Minnesota Odds
- Nebraska odds to win: -247
- Minnesota odds to win: +202
- Spread: Nebraska (-5.5)
- Total: 138
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Time: 9:00 PM ET
- TV: Big Ten Network
- Where: Chicago, Illinois
- Venue: United Center
Who Will Win Nebraska vs. Minnesota?
Nebraska and Minnesota Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
When it has played as at least 5.5-point favorites this season, Nebraska is 3-3 against the spread.
Minnesota is 8-8-2 against the spread when an underdog by 5.5 points or more this year.
The Cornhuskers and the Golden Gophers combine to average 7.6 fewer points per game than the total of 138 set for this game.
Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 140.5 points per game, 2.5 more than the over/under in this game.
Nebraska’s average point total in matchups this year is 137.4, 0.6 points less than the over/under in this game.
The average total in Golden Gophers games this season is 4.4 fewer points than the point total of 138 for this outing.
So far this season, the Cornhuskers have compiled a 13-18-0 record against the spread.
The Golden Gophers are 12-15-2 against the spread this year.
Nebraska Stats & Insights
Nebraska averages 67.7 points per game (284th in college basketball) while allowing 69.6 per outing (161st in college basketball). It has a -58 scoring differential overall and has been outscored by 1.9 points per game.
The 32.2 rebounds per game Nebraska averages rank 150th in college basketball. Its opponents pull down 33 per outing.
The Cornhuskers hit 6.7 three-pointers per game (258th in college basketball), 2.3 fewer than their opponents (9). They are shooting 32.6% from beyond the arc (270th in college basketball) while allowing opponents to shoot 33.9%.
Nebraska ranks 287th in college basketball by averaging 89.1 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 184th in college basketball, allowing 91.6 points per 100 possessions.
The Cornhuskers average 70.9 points per game at home, compared to 65.8 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 5.1 points per contest.
Minnesota Stats & Insights
Minnesota is being outscored by 8.2 points per game, with a -240 scoring differential overall. It puts up 62.7 points per game (351st in college basketball), and gives up 70.9 per outing (201st in college basketball).
Minnesota is 271st in the country at 30.1 rebounds per game. That’s 3.5 fewer than the 33.6 its opponents average.
Minnesota knocks down 6.1 three-pointers per game (309th in college basketball) at a 31.9% rate (306th in college basketball), compared to the 6.7 its opponents make, shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc.
Minnesota ranks 347th in college basketball with 84.7 points scored per 100 possessions, and 298th defensively with 95.9 points conceded per 100 possessions.
At home, the Golden Gophers average 62.2 points per game. Away, they score 63.5.
Nebraska Key Players to Watch
The scoring and rebounding leader for the Cornhuskers is Derrick Walker, who accumulates 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Sam Griesel is Nebraska’s best passer, dispensing 3.8 assists per game while scoring 11.8 PPG.
Keisei Tominaga makes more threes per game than any other member of the Cornhuskers, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.1 per contest.
Griesel is Nebraska’s leader in steals, averaging 1.2 steals per game, while Walker leads them in blocks with 0.7 per contest.
Minnesota Key Players to Watch
Dawson Garcia holds the top spot on the Golden Gophers leaderboards for scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Minnesota’s assist leader is Ta’Lon Cooper with 6.1 per game. He also records 9.8 points per game and grabs 4.1 rebounds per game.
Jamison Battle is reliable from distance and leads the Golden Gophers with 2.2 made threes per game.
Minnesota’s leader in steals is Cooper (one per game), and its leader in blocks is Pharrel Payne (1.1 per game).
Nebraska vs. Minnesota Prediction
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- Pick OU:
Nebraska 71, Minnesota 64
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