The Big Ten is back on the day following the Super Bowl on Monday night. There was one game on the Sunday slate to note in Indiana in the conference. Indiana pulled off the upset as a small 3.5-point underdog over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 67-65. It was a poor effort for No. 8 Iowa, who slipped to 13-6 on the season with the loss.
Going on the road is always tough when it comes to college basketball, but Iowa is supposed to be good enough to beat a team like Indiana, regardless of where they’re playing. That’s not going to work in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament for the Hawkeyes. Depending on one player, Luka Garza, to save the team every game isn’t going to work.
Nebraska and Minnesota are one of two games in the Big Ten tonight. Along with the Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers, Ohio State and Maryland are set to do battle at the University of Maryland. That could be a trap game for Ohio State. They better look out and come prepared, or it’d be easy to see a repeat of what happened between Iowa and Indiana on Sunday.
Minnesota and Maryland are both bubble teams at the moment, with the Golden Gophers feeling a little more comfortable right now. The Terrapins would get a big boost if they can knock off the Buckeyes tonight. Minnesota beating Nebraska is not going to add to their resume much, but a loss against a weaker team like the Cornhuskers at home would work against them. The Golden Gophers have proven to be a tough team at home.
That said, this is a new day and Minnesota must show up to get a win. Minnesota is coming off three losses. They return home after two losses on the road against Purdue, 81-62, and Rutgers, 76-72. Before leaving on the road trip, Minnesota lost against Maryland, 63-49, so they’ve been out of sorts. A matchup versus Nebraska might be able to get them back on track. The Cornhuskers have lost six straight and losers in eight of their previous nine games. Head below for our free Nebraska vs. Minnesota pick on February 8, 2021.
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Nebraska didn’t allow their last outing to get out of hand against the Michigan State Spartans. The game was on the verge of being heavily tipped towards Michigan State in a blowout, but the Cornhuskers were able to punch and relatively keep the game from turning into a blowout in the second-half.
Michigan State held a 34-22 lead going into halftime, and then put the game on cruise control in the second-half. Despite Nebraska’s best effort, they lost, 66-55, and fell to 4-9 on the season. They’re in a tough spot on Monday in their first back-to-back situation on the road. Fatigue might be an issue after playing in East Lansing just a couple of days ago on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers have had a home friendly schedule so far, with only four of twelve games on the road. They’ve yet to win a game on the road this season, as they go into Minnesota with a record of 0-4. The only positive they’ve had is that Nebraska nearly kept the Michigan State game within double digits for the first time this season.
In all of Nebraska’s losses on the road, they’ve lost by at least ten points. In their biggest defeat, Nebraska was embarrassed by a score of 90-54 against Ohio State on December 30. Predictably, Nebraska has struggled with just 59.3 points and 80.3 points conceded per game on the road. On a back-to-back outside of Nebraska, it’s hard to see their effort improving much.
The Golden Gophers are likely looking for somebody to beat up on after a cold stretch recently. With Nebraska in town, Minnesota probably found a team to take out to the toolshed. They’re home and playing at a place they’ve had a lot of success. Minnesota is 11-1 at home, including an impressive 75-57 win over Michigan on January 16.
Minnesota has recorded an average of 81.6 points and conceded 68.9 points per game at Williams Arena. They recently watched their 11-game winning streak at home snapped in a rare sloppy performance in Minnesota against Maryland. Don’t expect Minnesota to take Nebraska lightly in this contest after struggling for three games. Despite covering their last game, the Cornhuskers are 0-7 ATS in their next game following a cover. Look for Minnesota to use this as their get back on track game at the expense of Nebraska tonight.