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Minnesota Vs. Nebraska: Big Ten Tournament Seeding Makes This Game Matter

The Minnesota Golden Gophers host the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon as the two jostle for position at the bottom of the Big Ten Tournament bracket.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will attempt to head into the Big Ten Tournament with a bit of momentum by defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon. It won't be easy as the Gophers are currently riding a six-game losing streak with their last victory coming when they played in Nebraska on Feb. 5.

Minnesota will honor its seniors prior to the game, paying respects to the contributions of injured forward Trevor Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III for their years of service for the Gophers basketball program. Mbakwe could have made a huge difference this season if it weren't for his season-ending injury while Sampson recently scored 1,000th point in a Gophers jersey.

The Gophers will need to try and stop senior guard Bo Spencer, Nebraska's leading scorer. The 6-foot-2 playmaker scored 18 points in the two team's last meeting, though Nebraska has lost five of its last six games since that outing.

The game really doesn't matter as both teams will need to win the Big Ten tournament to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament, but seeding could play a factor as the Gophers currently are on top of the Cornhuskers in the conference standings by a single win.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also learn more about college basketball around the nation at SB Nation's College Basketball hub.

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