u men’s basketball gameday


Gophers (13-9, 2-7 Big Ten) at a glance: The Gophers’ 63-58 loss Wednesday night at Penn State was their sixth conference loss by two possessions or fewer. Senior G Andre Hollins scored 17 points, continuing a tear that has netted him 97 points in the past four games. But no other Gophers player managed to put up double digits, and the team shot only 39 percent from the floor. … Penn State, which got to the free-throw line 21 times to the Gophers’ eight, was without injured F Brandon Taylor, its second-leading scorer, and the Gophers held star G D.J. Newbill to only two points for 33 minutes. But Newbill woke up when it mattered most, with the 6-4 senior scoring nine consecutive points for the Nittany Lions. … PG DeAndre Mathieu is mired in a 2-for-18 shooting slump over the Gophers’ past three games.

Nebraska (12-8, 4-4) at a glance: Nebraska topped the Gophers 52-49 in Lincoln on Jan. 20 in a sloppy contest that featured 31 turnovers, 43 fouls and seven-plus-minute scoring droughts for both teams. … The Cornhuskers are coming off a 58-44 loss at Michigan, shooting a season-low 30.6 percent from the floor. The 44 points were their fewest points in 71 games, according to the Omaha World Herald. … Terran Petteway, who leads the Huskers with 19 points a game, went just 1-for-11, breaking a thirty-game streak of double-digit scores. He and second-leading scorer Shavon Shields combined to shoot 5-for-23.