Big 10 foes will clash when the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-3, 0-1 Big 10) clash with the No. 14 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1, 1-0 Big 10) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 151.5 points with Minnesota set as a 6-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Nebraska Cornhuskers ATS Preview
In the Golden Gophers last outing, they dismantled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 89-67. Nate Mason was the games leading scorer with 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting. The Golden Gophers knocked down 27 of their 35 free throws (77.1 percent) and held the Scarlet Knights to an effective field goal percentage of 0.358 (below their season average of 0.463).
The Cornhuskers are trying to rebound after their 86-57 loss to the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans in their last outing. James Palmer Jr. was Nebraska’s leading scorer with 15 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Michigan State did a fantastic job of making free throws (27-36; 75.0 percent). Nebraska, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 6.6 (better than their season average of 14.5).
Nebraska might have a tough time finding the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Dating back to last season, Minnesota ranks 43rd in defensive efficiency while the Cornhuskers rank 253rd in offensive efficiency.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Minnesota games have gone over 87.5 percent of the time, while games involving Nebraska have gone under 55.6 percent of the time. The Golden Gophers come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 8-1 SU and 6-2 ATS, while the Cornhuskers are 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS.
The Golden Gophers won the only game against the Cornhuskers last season, 88-73. Minnesota had a much better free throw rate (0.288 vs. 0.117). Nebraska, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 25.8).
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Minnesota, ATS Winner – Minnesota, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cornhuskers rank 39th in three pointers allowed per game (18.8) while the Golden Gophers rank 150th (21.1).
- Minnesota averages 7.0 blocks per game, which ranks first in the nation. Nebraska ranks 264th in blocks allowed per game (4.8).
- The Golden Gophers rank 15th in rebounds per game (40.3) while the Cornhuskers rank 246th in rebounds allowed per game (37.1).
- Minnesota ranks 42nd in assists per game (15.7) while Nebraska ranks 240th (12.2).