Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 3/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-21) are hitting the road to United Center on Wednesday where they will attempt to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-15).
The Minnesota Golden Gophers played Wisconsin and ended up losing by a score of 71-67 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Golden Gophers walked away with 20 and Wisconsin finished the game with 19 fouls. They made 3 of 12 attempts from distance. Wisconsin went 82.4% when shooting free throws by converting 14 of their 17 tries. Additionally, Wisconsin collected 29 rebounds (8 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Wisconsin distributed 10 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Pertaining to defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 49.1% from the floor on 27 of 55 shooting. They also recorded 18 assists in the game while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they earned 22 with 4 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Golden Gophers made 11 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 57.9%. Minnesota finished the contest with a 52.1% field goal percentage (25 of 48) and made 6 of their 18 three-point shots.
Dawson Garcia is a player who was a major factor in this contest. He left the arena with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 mins but did not grab any boards. He finished 57.1% from the field and distributed 2 assists.
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Minnesota will enter this game with a record of 8-21 this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 15.2 fouls every game. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 33.1 boards per game and has accumulated 416 dimes on the campaign, which is 163rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Gophers are hitting 31.9% on shots from 3-point land (177 of 554) and 61.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 62.7 points per outing (351st in Division 1) while shooting 43.0% from the floor.
Defensively, the Golden Gophers are forcing their opponents into 9.9 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 personal fouls. They give up 35.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 202nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (70.9). The Golden Gophers defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.1% (784 of 1,740) and they surrender 36.7 boards per game as a group. They are 206th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 404 surrendered on the season.
When they last played, the Nebraska Cornhuskers took home the win by a final score of 81-77 when they played Iowa. The Cornhuskers were able to collect 30 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the matchup. They also gave up possession 15 times, while earning 1 steal for the matchup. Iowa committed 13 personal fouls for the game which took the Cornhuskers to the charity stripe for a total of 8 tries. They were able to make 5 of the free throws for a percentage of 62.5%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Nebraska buried 14 of their 26 attempts (53.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cornhuskers shot 31 for 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 58.5%. The Cornhuskers allowed Iowa to make 27 of their 74 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 36.5% for the matchup. They finished shooting 32.4% from behind the 3-point line by going 12 out of 37 and ended up shooting 11 of 17 at the free throw line (64.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Nebraska permitted Iowa to collect 36 overall (18 on the offensive glass).
Sam Griesel ended up being a major contributor for the Cornhuskers for this game. He had 16 points in his 35 mins on the court and added 3 dimes in this matchup. He knocked down 6 out of 10 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and accumulated 6 rebounds.
Nebraska has a win-loss mark of 16-15 this season. The Cornhuskers have committed 13.9 personal fouls per contest and they hit 63.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.0 times per game (183rd in D-1) and they turn it over 12.8 times per game. Nebraska has totaled 2,100 points so far this year (67.7 per contest) and they collect 34.7 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Cornhuskers are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which is 110th in college hoops.
The Nebraska defense gives up 33.9% on 3-point shots (279 of 824) and opponents are knocking down 69.4% of their free throw shots. They concede 15.1 dimes and 35.6 boards per game, which has them ranked 335th and 280th in those categories. The Cornhuskers are ranked 165th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 69.6. They are forcing their opponents into 12.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.3% from the field (94th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nebraska
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