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Nebraska vs. Rutgers - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-6) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Thursday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won five of their last seven games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 58.9 points on 38.3 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Mike Williams is shooting 34.1 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights rely on their defense that’s holding teams to 30.2 percent from deep and has allowed 58 or less points in six of its last seven games. Offensively, Rutgers is shooting 68.2 percent from the free throw line and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc. Rutgers is 2-1 SU this season on the road.

Nebraska vs. Rutgers - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last 10 games and play their first home game of 2015. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 66.9 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 18.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while Shavon Shields is averaging 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Benny Parker is shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Nebraska Cornhuskers win games with their defense that’s forcing more than 14 turnovers and has allowed 66 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Nebraska is shooting 72.7 percent from the free throw line and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. Nebraska has won six of its seven home games this season.

The Scarlet Knights are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 vs. Big Ten. 

Rutgers doesn't score enough to hang with the Cornhuskers who can get hot quickly from beyond the arc. When you add that to the home crowd, look for the Cornhuskers to win this by double digits. 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5

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