Game notes: Minnesota at Nebraska

Game notes: Minnesota at Nebraska
Isaiah Roby had 15 points for the Huskers when they faced Minnesota in December. The Gophers won that game 85-78. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM

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2018-19 record: 16-8, 6-7 Big Ten

Offensive efficiency (KenPom): 58th

Defensive efficiency (KenPom): 71st

Trending: Stagnant. The Gophers have lost three in a row, but all to teams in the top 12 in KenPom. That’d be Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State. So the losses count, but two losses on the road to Purdue and Michigan State don’t say much about the Gophers. They’re still a solid team, with two tough big men and a strong backcourt.

Players to watch

» You probably remember Amir Coffey. The junior put up 32 on Nebraska in Minneapolis in December. He’s scoring 15.3 per game, with 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He’s still efficient, but not making many shots from 3-point range. And he’s cooled off in his last two games, scoring just eight against Wisconsin and four against Michigan State.

» Jordan Murphy is a walking, talking double-double. One of the leaders in points and rebounds in Minnesota history, Murphy is averaging 14.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He, too, was hindered by Michigan State’s size, scoring five points with six rebounds. But Nebraska isn’t near big enough to have that sort of impact. Murphy had 18 points and 13 rebounds against Nebraska in December.

» Gabe Kalscheur is a 6-foot-4 freshman and a sharpshooter. He’s shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range this year and has been figuring his game out in recent weeks, with 19 points against Iowa, 14 against Illinois and 17 against Michigan State. Should Nebraska go 1-3-1 to slow Minnesota’s bigs, watch out for Kalscheur.

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