Minnesota beat Nebraska 60-42. With the win, the Gophers improve to 3-7 in conference play. After a sloppy first half where Nebraska had 15 turnovers and still only trailed by seven, Minnesota opened up the game in the second half. The Gophers had excellent energy on the defensive end of the floor all game, stopping dribble penetration and forcing the Cornhuskers to take long jumpers. Mo Walker led the Gophers with 19 points on 7-10 shooting. Andre Hollins had another double digit game, finishing with 12 points.
20: The number of Nebraska turnovers. Minnesota was part of perhaps half of those, as the Cornhuskers looked listless for much of the first half.
With 2:37 to go and the Gophers up only seven, Andre Hollins made a three from somewhere near Neptune. The following possession, Nate Mason made a dagger three from the top of the key that forced Tim Miles to call time out.
Pitino only played an eight man bench up until absolute garbage time. The reduced lineup gelled effectively and avoided fouling throughout the entire game.
Minnesota will play Purdue at the Barn on February 7th.