FACTS & STATS: Site: Devaney Center (13,595) -- Lincoln, Nebraska.
Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: UM 15-2, NU 10-7. Away Record: UM
3-6, NU 2-9. Neutral Record: UM 2-1, NU 1-0. Conference Record: UM 8-8, NU
4-12. Series Record: Minnesota leads, 51-15.
GAME NOTES: The Nebraska Cornhuskers will take the floor one last time at the
Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday night, as they host the Minnesota
Golden Gophers in Big Ten Conference play.
After 37 seasons at the Devaney Center, this is the final game at the venue
for the Cornhuskers, who will move to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 2013-14
season. They enter the game with losses in four of their last five outings,
including a 72-65 setback at Illinois over the weekend. Nebraska will finish
up the regular season at Iowa on Saturday.
Minnesota upset top-ranked Indiana last Tuesday and followed that up with a
73-44 rout over Penn State at Williams Arena on Saturday. But the Golden
Gophers will now wrap up their schedule with two road games, and they have
lost six straight Big Ten games on the road. Following this tilt, they'll meet
up with Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday.
Minnesota has dominated the series with Nebraska, 51-15, and that includes an
84-65 rout over the Huskers in January.
Minnesota held Penn State scoreless for the first 11 minutes of Saturday's
matchup to effectively remove any suspense from the outcome. The Gophers built
a 34-12 halftime lead and spent virtually all of the game playing frontrunner.
Trevor Mbakwe piled up 13 points and 13 rebounds. Julian Welch tallied 10
points and seven assists, while Rodney Williams finished with 10 points and
seven boards. All told, five Golden Gophers scored in double figures. UM also
won the rebounding battle, 46-30, and that has been a season-long trend. The
Gophers are the top offensive rebounding team in the nation with an average of
15 offensive boards per game. They are +8.8 on the glass for the season, and
Mbakwe (10.8 ppg) tops the Big Ten with 8.8 caroms per contest. Andre Hollins
leads the team with 13.6 points per game and stretches defenders along the
perimeter, where he is a 39-percent shooter.
Unlike their counterpart, the Cornhuskers are -3.5 in rebounding margin. Dylan
Talley leads the way with 14.4 ppg to go along with 5.1 rebounds, while Ray
Gallegos (12.7 ppg) and Brandon Ubel (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) are also averaging
double figures. NU is a limited offensive squad that averages only 58.7 ppg
and shoots 40.8 percent from the floor. The Huskers led Illinois by two with
six minutes remaining in Saturday's matchup, but the Fighting Illini simply
made more plays down the stretch. The loss spoiled the third 20-point game in
the last four outings for Talley, who finished with 20 points. Gallegos led
the way with 23 thanks to a career-high six 3-pointers. Both teams were
successful from beyond the arc, but Illinois ultimately prevailed behind a
35-26 advantage on the boards and some clutch free-throw shooting in the final
The Cornhuskers would like nothing more than to close down the Devaney Center
with a W. However, they are running into a Minnesota team that is currently
playing at its highest level of the season.