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2/13 Big Ten Preview & Open Thread: Minnesota and Nebraska Tangle

Preview the Big Ten’s slate for Wednesday.

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Purdue Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

After a wild Tuesday night, the Big Ten will return to action on Wednesday with two intriguing games. Minnesota will go on the road to face a reeling Nebraska team and Northwestern will host Rutgers. Both games should get physical.

Let’s take a look at today’s Big Ten action.

Game of the Day:

-Minnesota Golden Gophers at Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Time/TV: 9:00PM (BTN)
  • KenPom Spread: Nebraska (-7)

The most consequential game of the day will take place in Lincoln, where the Huskers will face off against the Gophers. Both teams have struggled as of late and are hoping to get things back on track in a matchup that should have some NCAA Tournament implications.

For Nebraska, this is an opportunity to get back on track after an absolutely horrendous January and start to February. The team has lost seven straight and nine of its last 11 games. Its only wins since the calendar turned to the new year against Penn State at home in Indiana in early January. Simply put, Nebraska’s desperate to get back on track.

On the other side, Minnesota is also looking to get back on track after having lost three straight. The Gophers have also lost for the teams last six games dating back to a road trip to Michigan in late January. And considering that Minnesota remains in decent shape to make the NCAA Tournament, winning the game on the road against Nebraska and certainly help things.

The matchup to watch in this one is going to be on the wing where a Amir Coffey faces off against James Palmer. The some of the best players in the league and will hope to get their respective teams a valuable win on Wednesday night.

  • Pick Against the Spread: Minnesota

The Rest:

-Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Northwestern Wildcats

  • Time/TV: 7:00PM (BTN)
  • KenPom Spread: Northwestern (-6)

Generally speaking, there isn’t going to be a lot of national attention or fan hype around this game. Rutgers has no reasonable chance to get to the NCAA Tournament in Northwestern now has an uphill battle even have a shot at the NIT. As such, modifies on this one as the two teams tipoff on Wednesday night.

But even if there isn’t a lot of attention, there are still some major reasons to watch this one. Rutgers has proven itself to be a feisty team in the lower half of the league and Wildcats are trying to build some momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Each of these teams is hoping to avoid having to play on Wednesday in Chicago, and this is a game that could have a real impact on that goal.

The matchup to watch in this one will be in the frontcourt as Dererk Pardon faces off against Eugene Omoruyi and Myles Johnson. All three players comes to play with a physical mindset and whoever comes out on top here will likely win the game.

  • Pick Against the Spread: Rutgers

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Season Record vs KenPom’s Spread: 57-47-3