Tuesday college basketball odds: Nebraska at No.23 Minnesota

Former Top 10 team Minnesota is in a free-fall and the Gophers are certain to drop out of the next polls if they lost Tuesday night to Nebraska, one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. Minnesota is a big favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds.

The Gophers lost 45-44 at Wisconsin on Saturday for their fourth straight loss. Traevon Jackson narrowly beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left for the winner. Minnesota called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left and inbounded from half court. Wisconsin’s Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe on the play, but the big man was unable to shoot the ensuing free throws because he aggravated a right wrist injury.

Badgers coach Bo Ryan selected Rodney Williams to take Mbakwe’s spot. Williams, who came in shooting 64.9 percent from the line, hit the first free throw but missed the second, and Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Wisconsin. Andre Hollins had a game-high 20 points for the Gophers (15-5, 3-4), but was called for an offensive foul on Ben Brust with 39.1 seconds left and the score tied at 43 to set the stage for Jackson’s late shot.

Mbakwe’s right wrist is sore but “wasn’t damaged,” and he’s expected to play Tuesday, Gophers coach Tubby Smith said Monday on a Big Ten teleconference call. Mbakwe is averaging 11.7 points, 11.4 rebounds (tops the Big Ten) and 2.7 blocks (second in the Big Ten) in conference play for the Gophers.

“He’s fine,” Smith said. “He practiced (Sunday). It wasn’t damaged in any way previously in the fall at Northwestern. But it was sore, and he had it wrapped up. He got whacked on it pretty good there.”

Nebraska (11-10, 2-6) is one of the nation’s worst offensive teams. The Huskers do enter off a 64-49 home win over Northwestern. – Dylan Talley scored 20 points and Ray Gallegos broke out of his 3-point shooting slump in the second half to lead Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won for the first time in four conference home games. Brandon Ubel had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Gallegos added 11 points.

Nebraska and Minnesota will meet for the 66th time on Tuesday, which is the most between the Huskers and any other Big Ten member. To put it in perspective, Nebraska had faced the other 10 teams in the league just 96 times prior to joining the Big Ten in 2011. It is also NU’s longest-running series in the Big Ten, as it dates back to February of 1902. The Gophers lead the all-time series, 50-15, including a 34-6 lead in Minneapolis. Nebraska’s last win in Williams Arena was a 77-60 win on Dec. 29, 2003. NU and Minnesota met in non-conference action every year from 1995 until 2004 after not playing for 16 years.

WagerWeb.com trends: Cornhuskers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. Golden Gophers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten. Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

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