The Nebraska men’s basketball team wraps up a short two-game homestand on Wednesday night, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers visit Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM with coverage on the Huskers Radio Network beginning at 7 p.m.
The Huskers (6-17, 0-12 Big Ten) look to bounce back following a disappointing 87-63 loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska, which held its two previous opponents to a combined 5-of-34 from 3-point range, gave up 13 3-pointers to the Wildcats, including 10 in the first half as Northwestern built a 22-point halftime advantage. Boo Buie’s game-high 27 points led three Wildcats in double figures, as Northwestern shot 49 percent and converted 15 Husker turnovers into 22 points.
Freshman C.J. Wilcher provided one of the bright spots with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench, while fellow freshman Bryce McGowens added 10 markers. It marked the first time since Jan. 14 that McGowens was held below 20 points, as he averaged 24.0 points per game over NU’s previous four outings.
Wilcher has been a solid producer off the bench this season, averaging 7.9 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. The 6-foot-5 guard leads NU with 37 3-pointers, and needs only a trio of 3-pointers to move into fifth place on the Huskers’ single-season freshmen list.
Minnesota (11-9, 2-9 Big Ten) comes off a 71-59 loss at Iowa Sunday afternoon. The Golden Gophers led 38-34 at the break and led 47-42 before Iowa used a 26-5 spurt to take control. Minnesota shot 48 percent in the first half, but just 23 percent in the final 20 minutes. Luke Loewe led the Golden Gophers with 19 points, while Payton Willis added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Wednesday’s game is the only regular-season meeting of the 2021-22 season between the Huskers and Golden Gophers.