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Nebraska vs. Indiana - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Hoosiers (10-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Indiana Hoosiers and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Wednesday afternoon at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Indiana Hoosiers have won six of their last eight games and play their first true road contest. On the season, Indiana is averaging 86.4 points on 49.9 percent shooting and is allowing 72.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting. James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while Yogi Ferrell is averaging 17.2 points on 4.8 assists. Troy Williams is the third player averaging double-digit points and Robert Johnson is producing three assists. The Indiana Hoosiers are a quality offensive team that has four players averaging at least nine points while they’re shooting 72.4 percent from the free throw line and 41.7 percent from deep on the season. Defensively, Indiana is forcing 11.8 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 30.5 percent from deep.

Nebraska vs. Indiana - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won three of their last four games and play their first game in six days. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 67.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 61.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while Shavon Shields is averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Benny Parker is shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of the most balanced Big Ten teams, forcing 15 turnovers per game and holding teams to 29.1 percent shooting from downtown on defense. Offensively, Nebraska is shooting 73.6 percent from the free throw line and 30.8 percent from deep. Nebraska’s offensive depth is concerning, as they have just five players averaging at least five points.

The Hoosiers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win. 

While I'm high on Indiana, Nebraska has the offensive firepower to match the Hoosiers but is also better defensively and will contest much of Indiana's shots. Nebraska at home is a game where Indiana is sure to struggle. 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers -3.5

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