Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/8/13
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (26-11) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-18)
NCAAB Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Florida Gulf Coast hopes to prove that their cinderella postseason run last year was no fluke as they kick off 2013-2014 with a visit to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers Friday night.
The Eagles were the talk of the big dance last year after knocking off Georgetown in the first round of NCAA play and ultimately advancing to the Sweet 16. While head coach Andy Enfield took the USC job, the Eagles return four of their five starters from that team and should not miss a beat. Brett Comer returns after averaging 8ppg last year and is expected to make a point production jump and is joined in the backcourt by Bernard Thompson -- the two failed to miss a game last year. Thompson averaged 14ppg last season and hit a team high 54 three’s throughout the year -- including plenty during their cinderella run. Keep an eye on newcomer Jamail Jones -- a marquette transfer expected to get minutes early.
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Nebraska opens up this season after a disappointing 2012-2013 showing that saw them finish 15-18 on the year. Unfortunately for the Huskers, not much has changed and most pundits have them pegged for the Big Ten cellar once again. Ray Gallegos is the scoring leader for the Huskers (12.3 ppg) and led the B1G in three pointers for the season. The Huskers hope they can surprise some opponents this year and much of that hope rests on the shoulders of rising sophomore Shavon Shields who finished last year with 8.6ppg and 5.1 rpg -- ranking towards the top of these two categories amongst a talented B1G freshman class. The Huskers also said goodbye to their leading scorers from last season -- Dylan Talley and Brandon Ubel.
This game has the makings of a close contest. While you would usually expect a B1G team to make easy work of an Atlantic Sun squad, the Eagles have proven that they are no slouch and are on the rise among mid-major hoops teams. I like the Eagles to steal a win in Lincoln behind their superior backcourt and athleticism.