Minnesota vs Nebraska Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/25/24

Nebraska (19-8) vs Minnesota (17-9)

Game Info: Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

Betting Odds: Nebraska -6.5 - Over/Under: 147.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big Ten play this Sunday evening from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on the Big Ten Network. Minnesota leads the current series, 23-19, and they come in as 6.5-home road favorites, with the total hovering 147.5. Stay tuned for our Minnesota vs Nebraska Prediction. 

Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

Minnesota moved to 17-9 after defeating Ohio State in Minneapolis, 88-79. The Golden Gophers held off the Bucks in the second half to pick up the victory, and they’ll look to avenge a December defeat here against the Huskers. Minnesota is scoring 76.7 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 66.8 ppg, and they’re currently 7th in the Big Ten with a 8-7 record in league play. The Golden Gophers are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 2-5 on the road this season.  

Minnesota Team Profile 

  • Ben Johnson’s squad uses a savvy, pass-happy approach offensively, averaging 70.9 possessions per game (189th), and they’ve shot well from the outside, connecting on 35.9% of their shots (80th). 
  • Junior forward Dawson Garcia has hit the 20-point mark in four of his previous seven outings, and he leads Minnesota in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (6.6). 
  • Howard transfer Elijah Hawkins led the way with 24 points in the win over OSU, and he leads the nation in assists (7.6), while scoring 9.1 ppg.  
  • Freshman guard Cam Christie has reached double figures in six of the last seven games, and he’s third on the Gophers at 11.0 ppg.  

Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview

Nebraska improved to 19-8 after defeating Indiana in Bloomington, 85-70. The Cornhuskers used a fast start to pin a convincing victory over the Hoosiers, and they’ll now try to tack on a fourth straight win versus the Gophers. Nebraska is scoring 77.3 points per game, on 45.2% shooting, while allowing 71.0 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Big Ten with a 9-7 record in conference play. The Cornhuskers are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’re 16-1 in Lincoln this season. Nebraska will play against Ohio State and Rutgers after this game.

Nebraska Team Profile

  • Nebraska doesn’t mind using their shot clock offensively, averaging 71.5 possessions per game (185th), and they’ll shoot a respectable 36.3% from deep (59th). 
  • Veteran guard Keisei Tominaga came thru with a team-high 20 points in the win over Indiana, and he leads Nebraska in scoring (14.4).  
  • Former Bradley center Rienk Mast flirted with a double-double in the Penn State victory, and he leads Huskers in rebounding (7.9), while chipping in 13.0 ppg and 3.1 apg. 
  • Charlotte transfer Brice Williams chipped in 18 points in the against IU, and he’s averaging 12.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg.  
  • Columbia native Juwan Gary has scored 13 points or more in three of the last five games,  and he’s up to 11.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg. 

Minnesota vs Northwestern Trends

  • MIN is 12-12-2 against the spread, with a 11-15 O/U record
  • NW is 15-9-1 ATS, with a 13-12 over/under record.

Minnesota vs Nebraska Prediction: Spread

In a year that sees Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten’s doormat positions, Nebraska and Minnesota have managed to stay afloat, and the hosts come into a good position here. The Cornhuskers already have a strong case to qualify for the Big Dance, but a strong finish to the regular season, along with a win at the conference tournament, would essentially punch their ticket, and there’s no reason for them to slow down here against the Gophers. Nebraska has been light’s out in Lincoln (16-1), with their lone blemish coming to Creighton in regional action, and there's a good chance that trend continues this Sunday. I like tilting the Huskers number slightly and backing them for this matchup with the Gophers at home.  

Minnesota vs Nebraska Prediction: Total

After sputtering on the gridiron offensively during the Fall, these two schools have thrived on that end of the floor, and there’s a good chance that reflects on the scoreboard here in Lincoln. Both teams shoot the ball well, have diversity within the lineup, and are capable of making this a high-scoring matchup. I’m leaning more on a Nebraska victory, the Over may be in play for this Big Ten contest as well. 

Corey’s Pick Nebraska TO COVER

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