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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

Michigan Wolverines (10-4) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost their last three games in a row and are winless in Big Ten play thus far. NU is 7-0 at home this season and have played the 27th ranked schedule in the nation. Terran Petteway leads the Huskers averaging 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Shavon Shields is averaging 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, Walter Pitchford is averaging 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, and Leslee Smith is averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Nebraska is averaging 69.7 points and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 43.4 percent. Nebraska is 0-5 against teams with a RPI better than 50.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

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The Michigan Wolverines have wont heir last four games in a row and are playing their best basketball of the season. UM is 1-2 on the road this year and they have played the 58th ranked schedule in the country. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 17.8 points per game. Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.5 points, Caris LaVert is averaging 12.4 points, and Zak Irvin is averaging 8.2 points. Michigan is averaging 77.8 points and their opponents are shooting 46.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Michigan is 8-1 against teams with a RPI worse than 50.

Nebraska is 9-2-1 against the spread in their last 12 road games, 15-5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Michigan is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games, 4-10 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 2-6-1 against the spread against  a team with a winning record.

My free pick in this one will be on the total and it appears to be a solid under to me. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Under 134

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