It’s been since January 14th that the Huskers have notched a win, and that one was against Indiana 66-51, and the last time the Big Red won a home was January 10th against Penn State, 70-64. So to say it’s been a while for the 13-11 Huskers is a bit of an understatement. Nebraska will host Minnesota tonight as the Huskers will look to break the seven-game losing streak they are on and try to get a win back as Minnesota beat Nebraska 85-78 on December 5th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For Minnesota, their record stands at 16-8 and they have a bit of a losing streak as well, but they have lost to three straight top-20 opponents including Purdue, Wisconsin, and their most recent loss to Michigan State on Saturday 79-55. Minnesota is a team that has to grind out their victories as they are averaging 73 points per game while allowing 70.
Minnesota is led by a pair of the more dynamic players in the conference, junior guard Amir Coffey and forward Jordan Murphy. Coffey leads the Golden Gophers this season at 15 points per game on 44% shooting. Coffey is a tough matchup as he is a point guard in a small forward’s body as he stands at 6’8. Murphy is a walking double-double as this season he is scoring 15 points per contest and grabbing 12 rebounds. Nebraska has struggled big time against good rebounding teams and that is exactly what this group is.
For Nebraska, the top-performers continue to struggle. In Nebraska’s loss to Purdue on Saturday, 81-62, junior Isaiah Roby had 10 points, seniors James Palmer Jr. had 17 and Glynn Watson Jr. had four. There was a pleasant surprise as Thomas Allen had a solid game off the bench recording 18 points on 6-9 shooting and 5-6 from deep. Nebraska continues to have a solid performance from one player, but they have been unable to put it all together.
Pregame for tonight’s matchup between Nebraska and Minnesota will begin 7:00 P.M. on 880 KRVN and 106.9 FM.