Opponent Preview: Nebraska

Tip-off at Williams Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised by BTN.

No. 24 Minnesota (15-5, 3-4) vs. Nebraska (11-10, 2-6)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
8:00 p.m. CT – BTN (Dave Revsine, Jim Jackson)

QUOTEABLES

"He's just so physical in his mentality. He attacks the glass every time and is going after the ball. If you have that aggressive mentality and you go after the boards every possession, you're going to be a pretty good rebounder." – Nebraska forward Brandon Ubel on Trevor Mbakwe

"Physicality and the lack thereof is one of the things I was worried about coming into this season. I was surprised by our lack of it, and we need to continue to improve in that capacity. We've got all kinds of teams that can just absolutely brutalize you on the boards. Illinois did it the other night, and Minnesota will if we're not prepared to play that way mentally." – Nebraska head coach Tim Miles

PREGAME NOTES

Season to Date
The Huskers have struggled to be consistent this season. Just 11-10 overall and 2-6 in the conference, Nebraska has faced its fair share of adversity. They have disappointing losses to Kent State, UTEP, and Purdue. Despite being in 11th place in the Big Ten, the Huskers do hold wins over Penn State and a Northwestern squad that has already beaten the Gophers.

Coaching Preview
Tim Miles has been a head basketball coach for 17 years but is in just his first season on the bench with the Huskers. In his career, Miles has amassed a respectable record of 283-220. While coaching at Colorado State, Miles led the Rams to a 20-win season and the team's first NCAA Tournament berth in nine seasons.

Series History
Tuesday's contest will be the 62nd meeting between the two Midwest foes. The Gophers have been dominant, compiling a 48-13 record in the series. While playing at home, Minnesota is even more impressive, winning 33 of 40 games.

Last Meeting
Minnesota easily won the last meeting between the Huskers and Gophers late last season. Rodney Williams was efficient during the game, going 7-of-10 from the field for 16 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Projected Starters
F 2 David Rivers (6-7, 191, So.) – 5.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G 15 Ray Gallegos (6-2, 181, Jr.) – 12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
G 24 Dylan Talley (6-5, 216, Sr.) – 13.4 ppg, 2.6 apg
F 31 Shavon Shields (6-6, 214, Fr.) – 7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg
F 13 Brandon Ubel (6-10, 234, Sr.) – 12.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Top Reserves
G 3 Benny Parker (5-9, 164, Fr.) – 3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
C 44 Andre Almeida (G-11, 314, Sr.) – 5.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Background
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Enrollment: 24,593
Conference: Big Ten
Nickname: Cornhuskers
Colors: Scarlet and Cream
Coach: Tim Miles (1st season)


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