Observations from Sunday's 69-61 Win at Nebraska

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Chipping In
Sophomore guard Chip Armelin continues to provide a spark off the bench for Minnesota. He set a new career high and reached double figures for the fourth time this season, the second time in the Gophers' last three games. Armelin scored 10 of his team-leading 15 points in the second half. He also added a fancy assist, changing hands with the ball between his legs before passing it to Maverick Ahanmisi for a lay-up. Armelin finished the game with three assists and five rebounds in addition to shooting 7-of-11 from the field.
Go Gophers! Chip Armelin
Go Gophers!
Armelin scored 15 of the Gophers' 40 bench points.
Go Gophers!

Welch Excels Beyond the Arc
Coming into this weekend, Julian Welch was eighth in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (.426). He bettered his average to .453 with a 3-for-3 performance against Nebraska. He is especially accurate in true road games, with a 15-for-25 total (.600).

Long Time No See
The Gophers and Cornhuskers have faced each other 60 times, but today was their first meeting since Dec. 8, 2004. Minnesota won that contest, 57-48, in Lincoln.  The Gophers lead the all-time series, 47-13. Today was the two teams' first meeting as conference rivals. It was also Chadron, Neb., native Elliott Eliason's first time playing a college game in his home state.

Second Chances
Offensive rebounds proved critical for the Gophers in today's victory. In the first half, the Gophers limited the Cornhuskers to one offensive board. For the game, Minnesota outscored Nebraska, 14-6, in second chance points with an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass. The Gophers out-rebounded the Huskers by a tally of 31-24 overall.

Other Ways to Contribute
Joe Coleman was held scoreless for the second consecutive game, but he still had an impact on today's contest. The freshman led the team in rebounding with a total of seven. In Wednesday's game, he tied for team lead with six.

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