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Nebraska guard Thomas Allen (12) drives into Illinois guard Aaron Jordan (23) during the second half Feb. 2 in Champaign, Ill.

Minnesota (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Dupree McBrayer; 6-5; Jr.; 9.5; 1.9

G Gabe Kalscheur; 6-4; Fr.; 10.3; 2.1

G Amir Coffey; 6-8; Jr.; 15.3; 3.0

F Jordan Murphy; 6-7; Sr.; 14.5; 11.9

F Daniel Oturu; 6-10; Fr.; 10.8; 7.4

Nebraska (13-11, 3-10)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Glynn Watson; 6-0; Sr.; 11.8; 4.0

G James Palmer; 6-6; Sr.; 18.9; 4.4

G Thomas Allen; 6-1; So.; 9.0; 2.6

F Tanner Borchardt; 6-8; Sr.; 2.7; 4.1

F Isaiah Roby; 6-8; Jr.; 11.1; 7.0

Time and TV: 8 p.m., BTN (24)

Scouting: Amir Coffey looked like the Big Ten Player of the Year the last time these teams met, scoring a career-high 32 points while going 14-of-17 at the foul line, and hounding James Palmer into a 3-for-14 shooting night on the defensive end. The 6-foot-8 guard is a matchup nightmare, and if he approaches those numbers again, Nebraska will be in trouble.

Trending: Minnesota has never won in Pinnacle Bank Arena, going 0-4 there since the building opened in 2013. And the Gophers are 1-6 on the road this season. In a normal year, that might tilt things Nebraska's way. But this has been far from a normal year. 

Forecasting: This is the first in a stretch of three manageable-to-winnable games for the Huskers, with Northwestern coming to Lincoln on Saturday and a trip to last-place Penn State looming next week. As crazy as it might sound, there's still time for NU to make something of this season. Playing well Wednesday would be a good start.

— Chris Basnett

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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