Minnesota and Nebraska basketball will meet in a Big Ten game on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Find the game time, live stream link, TV channel and preview information below.
The Gophers were No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25, released Monday, after an 8-1 start. Nebraska was not ranked after a 6-3 start, and most recently lost 86-57 to No. 3 Michigan State.
Minnesota-Nebraska basketball: Game time, online stream, odds
Game time: 9 p.m. ET
TV channel: BTN
Live stream link: BTN2go.com
The line: Minnesota -6.5
Minnesota-Nebraska basketball preview
Minnesota’s only loss this season came against No. 8 Miami last week. The Gophers are in the midst of their most-hyped season in a while, and have been living up to expectations so far. KenPom ranks them as the No. 23 team in the nation, and all but one of their victories have come by at least double-digits.
Jordan Murphy’s been Minnesota’s biggest star in this young season. The junior is averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds per game, which puts him among the nation’s elite. KenPom’s metrics rate him as the ninth-best player in the country so far, but even if you don’t subscribe to those metrics, it’s easy to see what makes him special. The 6-6-, 230-pound forward isn’t the tallest post player around, but he’s made giant strides from his sophomore to junior season.
“I never really envisioned I would be quite this successful this early,” Murphy told the Star Tribune’s Marcus Fuller. “It’s just my mentality not focusing on scoring or touches or anything like that. It’s more focused on rebounding and just trying to contribute wherever I can to a win, honestly.”
This is Nebraska’s biggest home game so far, and it kicks off a tough couple of games for the Huskers. They’re doing a “stripe-out” for the game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Gettin’ ready for tomorrow.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) December 4, 2017
As for Nebraska, the Huskers are looking to bounce back from an 86-57 loss to Michigan State on Sunday. The No. 3 Spartans held the Huskers to 27.4 percent shooting from the field. James Palmer Jr. was the only Nebraska player to reach double figures, finishing with 15 points.
Palmer has proven to be a key for Nebraska after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Miami. He is developing into one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers. He is second among all Big Ten newcomers in scoring at 14.3 points per game and ranks on the Nebraska team in steals (1.4) and third in assists (2.7).