Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 2/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+11.5)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-7) host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-9) at Williams Arena on Monday. The line on this matchup has Minnesota as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 148.
Nebraska comes into this contest with a mark of 4-9 on the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, Nebraska is pulling in 37.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 168 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 268th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Cornhuskers are connecting on 31.3% on three-point attempts (107 of 342) and 64.3% from the charity stripe. They average 73.5 points per outing (139th in the nation) on 41.4% from the field. Defensively, the Cornhuskers have forced 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.4 fouls. The Cornhuskers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.3% (338 of 799) and they concede 40.2 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 118th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 184 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 32.1% from 3-point land while they are 257th in college hoops in PPG allowed (73.7).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Michigan State Spartans and took a loss by a score of 66-56 in their last game. Nebraska ended with a 36.2% FG percentage (21 out of 58) and made 3 out of their 17 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cornhuskers buried 11 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 45.8%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 29 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 11 assists for the matchup as well as earning 12 steals and 6 rejections. In reference to defense, Nebraska let their opponent shoot 36.2% from the field on 21 out of 58 shooting. Michigan State dished out 16 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Spartans grabbed 43 rebounds (8 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Michigan State ended up going 87.5% at the charity stripe by burying 14 of 16 shots. They also knocked down 6 of 23 attempts from distance.
Trey McGowens is a guy who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up with 13 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and snagged 4 boards. McGowens ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and earned 3 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Cornhuskers was Lat Mayen. He had 4 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He finished 40.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 4-of-10 (10 points). At the conclusion of this game, Mayen saw the court for 25 min.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 11-7 on the year. Minnesota has earned 1,365 points on the campaign (75.8 per contest) and they pull in 37.2 rebounds per game. The Golden Gophers have committed 18.6 fouls per game while shooting 75.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Gophers are shooting 40.7% from the floor, which ranks 320th in the country. They are dishing out assists 15.2 times per game (71st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.1 times per game. The Golden Gophers on the defensive side of the court are 246th in the country in points allowed per game with 73.1. The Minnesota defense gives up 33.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (120 of 358) and their opposition makes 70.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 14.4 dimes and 40.2 boards per contest, which ranks them 268th and 333rd in the country. They are forcing 13.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the floor (162nd in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Minnesota Golden Gophers took a loss by a score of 76-72 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Golden Gophers collected 16 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the game. They also turned away 2 tries while earning 7 steals for the matchup. The Scarlet Knights committed 16 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Golden Gophers to the charity stripe for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 14 of them for a rate of 82.4%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Minnesota converted 6 of their 18 attempts (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Golden Gophers finished shooting 26 for 64 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.6%. The Golden Gophers permitted the Scarlet Knights to make 26 out of their 49 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.1% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 6 out of 15 and finished the game at 18 out of 25 at the free throw line (72.0%). With respect to rebounds, Minnesota allowed Rutgers to pull down 34 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Marcus Carr pitched in for the Golden Gophers for the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 14 in this game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 18 points. Carr collected 6 boards in his 37 minutes played and had 7 assists in this game. One more player that was important for Minnesota was Liam Robbins. He ended up scoring 16 points in 31 minutes played by way of 6 out of 9 shooting in the matchup. Robbins ended the game having shot 66.7% from the floor while also contributing 3 assists and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nebraska (+11.5)
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