Nebraska vs Minnesota Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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The No. 11 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-15, 9-11 Big Ten) will take the court in the Big Ten Tournament against the No. 14 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-21, 2-17 Big Ten). The teams will square off Wednesday at 9:00 PM live on Big Ten Network.

Nebraska is a 5.5-point favorite against Minnesota when the Cornhuskers square off with the Golden Gophers on Wednesday. The over/under for the game is set at 138.

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Odds

Point Spread for Nebraska vs. Minnesota

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Nebraska as the favorite.

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Nebraska has -247 odds to pick up the win, while Minnesota is listed at +202 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 138 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Arena: United Center

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Betting Trends

Nebraska has 13 wins against the spread in 31 games this year. The Cornhuskers have been listed as the favorite eight times this season and have come away with a win in all of those games. Nebraska’s games this year have hit the over 14 times in 29 opportunities (48.3%).

In Minnesota’s 29 games this year, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Golden Gophers have put together a 3-21 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 12.5% of those games). Minnesota’s games this season have gone over the total in 13 of 29 opportunities (44.8%).

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Nebraska vs. Minnesota Key Players to Watch


Sam Griesel posts a team-leading 3.8 assists per game. He is also averaging 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds, shooting 45.3% from the field. Derrick Walker paces his squad in points (13.7), rebounds (7.3) and assists (3.8) per contest, shooting 58.7% from the floor. Defensively, he averages 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Keisei Tominaga is putting up 12.8 points, 0.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game. C.J. Wilcher averages 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest, shooting 40% from the field and 31.5% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per game.


Ta’Lon Cooper leads the Golden Gophers in assists (6.1 per game), and posts 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.9 blocked shots. Dawson Garcia is No. 1 on the Golden Gophers in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.6), and produces 1.9 assists. He also averages 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Jamison Battle is putting up 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, making 37.6% of his shots from the field and 31.8% from beyond the arc, with 2.2 treys per game. Pharrel Payne gives the Golden Gophers 8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also delivers 0.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska has put together a 9-11-0 ATS record in conference play so far this year. The Cornhuskers are averaging 67.7 points per game (284th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while surrendering 69.6 points per contest (161st-ranked). With 32.2 rebounds per game, Nebraska is 150th in the country. It gives up 33 rebounds per contest, which ranks 299th in college basketball.

Nebraska is 258th in the country with 6.7 three-pointers per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 270th with a 32.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Cornhuskers are ceding 9 three-pointers per game (17th-worst in college basketball), and they are allowing a 33.9% three-point percentage (190th-ranked) to opposing teams.

The Cornhuskers are 6-4 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 games, Nebraska has hit the over eight times. Nebraska’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, racking up 71.4 points per contest compared to the 67.7 it has averaged this season. Nebraska has been more porous on defense as of late, allowing 73.5 points per game during its past 10 outings compared to the 69.6 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota and its opponents have combined to go over the point total 12 out of 19 times this year in Big Ten play. In 2022-23, the Golden Gophers are eighth-worst in college basketball on offense (62.7 points scored per game) and 201st defensively (70.9 points allowed). On the glass, Minnesota is 273rd in the country in rebounds (30.1 per game). It is 319th in rebounds allowed (33.6 per game).

Minnesota is 309th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (6.1 per game) and 307th in 3-point percentage (31.9%). The Golden Gophers are 113th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.7 per game) and 301st in 3-point percentage defensively (35.9%).

The Golden Gophers are 3-5-2 against the spread and 1-9 overall in their past 10 games. Minnesota has hit the over in eight of its past 10 games. Over its past 10 games, Minnesota is putting up 63.5 points per contest, 0.8 more than its season average (62.7). The Golden Gophers are allowing 78.5 points per contest over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 70.9 points allowed.

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Nebraska, and we project that Nebraska will cover the spread (Nebraska -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 138 points.

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How to bet Nebraska vs. Minnesota

You can bet on Nebraska vs. Minnesota at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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