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Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers face off on Saturday in Cincinnati in college basketball action.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have won three in a row and while it appears they aren’t as good as the team they had a year ago they have still beaten some decent competition thus far. Overall UC has played the 196th ranked schedule and they play their first AAC game on January 1st. Sean Kilpatrick leads the Bearcats averaging 18.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Justin Jackson is averaging 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, Titus Rubles is averaging 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Troy Caupain is averaging 6.9 points. Cincinnati is averaging 73 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 56.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Cincinnati’s schedule gets significantly tougher as the season goes on.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/28/13

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are hoping this is the year they are more competitive in the Big Ten as they finally got conference wins last season. This is the Huskers last game before they start their Big Ten schedule and they have played the 181st ranked schedule which will drop to the 18th toughest by the time the season is over. Terran Petteway is averaging 16.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game to lead the Huskers. Shavon Shields is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, Walter Pitchford is averaging 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds, and Deverell Biggs is averaging 9.3 points. Nebraska is averaging 73.4 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Nebraska has won four of their last five games.

Cincinnati is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 4-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. Nebraska is 12-3-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games.

Cincinnati is a double-digit favorite here but it just looks like way too many points.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers -10

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