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NEBRASKA (11 - 10) at MINNESOTA (15 - 5)
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Tuesday, 1/29/2013 9:00 PM
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NEBRASKA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-10+3.110-95-858.526.841.2%32.961.227.542.3%34.8
Road Games3-5+3.35-33-359.125.941.0%30.766.030.143.9%37.1
Last 5 Games2-3+0.63-23-
Conference Games2-6-0.45-33-553.423.437.1%32.761.728.141.5%40.1
NEBRASKA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)58.526.822-5341.2%5-1529.2%10-1567.7%33710175113
vs opponents surrendering63.929.523-5441.9%6-1733.3%13-1868.0%33912186143
Team Stats (Road Games)59.125.922-5441.0%5-1728.1%10-1471.6%31611186113
Stats Against (All Games)61.227.522-5242.3%5-1631.9%12-1963.3%35810155123
vs opponents averaging68.932.124-5544.2%6-1835.0%14-2069.3%35913177134
Stats Against (Road Games)66.030.124-5443.9%5-1628.8%14-2165.5%37811136114

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-5-0.712-66-673.235.445.9%39.861.328.439.5%30.6
Home Games10-1+0.66-32-476.236.947.9%43.056.324.837.3%28.5
Last 5 Games1-4-63-23-266.428.842.8%35.667.633.243.9%32.0
Conference Games3-4-55-24-368.128.645.4%37.764.631.143.2%30.3
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)73.235.425-5545.9%6-1636.0%17-2468.8%401416189146
vs opponents surrendering63.929.523-5541.5%6-1833.5%12-1868.3%34912187143
Team Stats (Home Games)76.236.927-5747.9%5-1535.3%16-2465.7%4315181611147
Stats Against (All Games)61.328.422-5539.5%6-1831.7%12-1966.7%311012209153
vs opponents averaging69.732.825-5544.6%7-1936.0%14-1970.5%35914177134
Stats Against (Home Games)56.324.820-5537.3%6-2031.0%9-1564.6%28913199163
Average power rating of opponents played: NEBRASKA 73.7,  MINNESOTA 77.7
NEBRASKA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/15/2012@ OREGON38-60L14.5L133.5U15-4930.6%251625-5446.3%4116
12/18/2012JACKSONVILLE ST59-55W-7.5L -21-4645.7%351417-4736.2%2510
12/22/2012*C MICHIGAN89-75W-5.5W -32-5657.1%331521-5042.0%2813
12/23/2012@ UTEP52-68L7.5L -19-5137.3%321025-5347.2%3611
12/29/2012NICHOLLS ST68-59W - -22-4845.8%37722-5341.5%3310
1/2/2013@ OHIO ST44-70L21L129.5U17-5630.4%321429-5949.2%439
1/9/2013@ MICHIGAN47-62L21W127.5U19-5633.9%30621-5438.9%475
1/13/2013@ MICHIGAN ST56-66L17W118O23-5839.7%311222-4845.8%3611
1/19/2013@ PENN ST68-64W4W120.5O24-5147.1%271122-5738.6%3614
1/29/2013@ MINNESOTA              
2/2/2013OHIO ST              
2/9/2013PENN ST              
2/13/2013@ INDIANA              
2/16/2013MICHIGAN ST              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/11/2012N DAKOTA ST70-57W-15L135.5U23-6038.3%431121-5042.0%2614
12/31/2012MICHIGAN ST76-63W-6.5W128.5O30-5356.6%391628-6344.4%3214
1/9/2013@ ILLINOIS84-67W-1.5W140.5O27-5152.9%371523-6535.4%337
1/12/2013@ INDIANA81-88L8W145.5O29-6643.9%341727-5350.9%3615
1/23/2013@ NORTHWESTERN48-55L-8L131U18-5433.3%451517-4042.5%3112
1/26/2013@ WISCONSIN44-45L3.5W123U16-4634.8%29917-4637.0%3510
2/6/2013@ MICHIGAN ST              
2/17/2013@ IOWA              
2/20/2013@ OHIO ST              
NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers get a much-needed change of direction in new head coach Tim Miles, but even he won't be able to pull the team out of the cellar this year. Five out of the team's six leading scorers from last season are gone, leaving only Dylan Talley (8.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG) to carry the load this year for these bottom feeders.
MINNESOTA: Ralph Sampson III's big body in the paint will be sorely missed, but Tubby Smith got a big break when Trevor Mbakwe (14.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG in seven games) was granted another year of eligibility after tearing his ACL before midseason last year. Without him, the Golden Gophers struggled to compete in the conference, going 6-12. But Mbakwe, Rodney Williams (12.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG) in the frontcourt and guards Julian Welch (9.5 PPG, 2.9 APG), Austin Hollins (9.2 PPG) and Andre Hollins (8.7 PPG) form a solid veteran core that will help this team compete despite the lack of any elite talent joining the fold.
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*Nebraska-Minnesota Preview* ============================

Nebraska (11-10) at Minnesota (15-5), 9:00 p.m. EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has developed a troubling pattern since hiring coach Tubby Smith: a midseason slide.

The Gophers are counting on a return home this week - starting Tuesday night against Nebraska - to help restore their rhythm and turn the current four-game losing streak into an aberration rather than a trend.

"It's mostly mental. We have to just keep having faith," center Trevor Mbakwe said. "We all still believe we're one of the best teams in the country. Now we've just got to go out and play that way."

In six years with Smith, Minnesota has lost only eight nonconference games. Regardless of the quality of those early victories, the Gophers have always taken plenty of confidence and momentum into Big Ten play.

But whether the cause was injuries to irreplaceable players, disruptive off-the-court issues or simply tougher competition that exposed some flaws, they have always faded - be it in mid-January, early February or a late skid into tournament time in March.

The Gophers (15-5, 3-4) reached as high as eighth in The Associated Press poll, but they tumbled from 12th all the way to 23rd in the latest rankings released Monday after losing on the road last week to Northwestern and Wisconsin.

"Nobody likes to lose, but it happens. That's part of sports. We've got to fight through it as a team," swingman Austin Hollins said.

They had myriad chances to win both times, but a two-game total of 92 points and a pattern of untimely fast-break-squelching turnovers led to defeats against the Wildcats and Badgers.

One of their problems has been a lack of production from the reserves, but in the last two games starters Joe Coleman, Hollins and Rodney Williams combined for 27 points and together shot 9 for 44 (20.4 percent) from the field.

"I've got to be more aggressive, more vocal. It didn't help that I wasn't hitting any shots," Hollins said. "I thought I did a decent job on defense, but at the same time that can always get better."

Williams had a breakthrough season as a junior, but since Big Ten play began the kind of passive offense and inconsistent scoring that hampered him his first two years has returned to the court. He's one of the most athletic players in the country, but at power forward he's thinner than most of his opponents and has been getting bumped around. The Gophers tried moving him to the wing, where he played as a freshman and sophomore, some against Wisconsin.

"We know that he's a great player. People go through slumps like that. Unfortunately he's gone through a little slump, but I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow he goes for 15 or 20 points," Mbakwe said. "He's a competitor. I know he's been taking a lot of criticism. It's not all Rodney."

Williams was unavailable to reporters after practice on Monday.

"Something's getting him off his game. That's one thing that always concerns me, just staying mentally focused and not letting one play affect you in another couple of plays," Smith said. "I just think he needs to be more active going to the glass and creating more opportunities."

Minnesota hosts Nebraska (11-10, 2-6) on Tuesday and Iowa on Sunday, and after a tough trip to Michigan State returns to Williams Arena for games against Illinois and Wisconsin. While the goal of a Big Ten title might be all but gone, plenty of time remains for the Gophers to re-establish themselves as one of the best in this stacked-as-ever conference and get in position for that elusive NCAA tournament win under Smith.

Smith has been sharply critical of his players after several of these recent losses, but this week his tone has been more upbeat.

"Our job as a coaching staff is to tell 'em we love 'em, tell 'em how good they are and how much better they can be," Smith said.

He added: "I still have a lot of confidence in them, if you're asking that question. We still haven't peaked yet. We have a lot of basketball left to play."

They should have a good opportunity to bounce back against the Cornhuskers, who have lost five of their last six on the road, with the only victory coming at Big Ten-worst Penn State. They have dropped all four games against ranked opponents this season by an average of 18.2 points.

The Gophers won both meetings in Nebraska's inaugural Big Ten campaign last season, shooting 54 percent or better each time. Williams had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in an 81-69 home victory March 3.

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