Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7 -- Over/Under: 150.5 See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs face another hard test on the road as they travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs got their first win of the season after beating Alabama State by a final score of 87-56. Jacobi Boykins and Erik McCree led the group of 4 Bulldogs who scored in double figures in the win. Boykins made 7 of 13 from the floor, including 2 3-pointers and a pair of free throws for 18 points on the night. McCree also logged 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting, however his night ended without a make from downtown, although he did end up with 4 makes on 6 attempts from the charity stripe. Omar Sherman made 6 of 9 from the floor for 13 points while Derric Jean made half of his 8 field goal attempts, including shooting 2 of 4 from behind the arc to finish with 10 points on the night while also logging 7 assists and 5 rebounds. As a team, Louisiana Tech is scoring 81.5 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field. They are also shooting 30.4% from 3-point range and 66% from the foul line.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers improved to 2-0 with a 70-38 win over D-II University of Mary. It was a completely balanced effort by the Huskers as only 2 players scored double figures and each player that stepped on the floor had a bucket, and each also had at least 1 rebound and no Nebraska player played more than 24 minutes. Tai Webster and Michael Jacobson were the 2 Huskers who logged double digits in the scoring column, as each put in 10 points on 4 made field goals. Webster needed 7 shots but poured in a pair of 3-pointers while Jacobson needed only 5 shots and added a pair of makes from the free throw line to help his cause. Jack McVeigh fell just 1 point shy of joining the club, with 3 makes on 8 attempts from behind the 3-point line. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 76.5 points per game on 48.7% shooting from the floor. They are also making 41.2% of their 3-point attempts and own the 5th-best free throw percentage in the country, making 83.3% of their attempts this season.
Louisiana Tech is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Nebraska is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. C-USA.
Louisiana Tech will be a big step up for Nebraska from their last opponent and should come out ready here. However, going from one level of competition to another so drastically can lead to a slow start from time to time, and if that happens the Bulldogs will be quick to capitalize. Louisiana Tech has already covered the number against a power 5 school in South Carolina, and I think they can cover again here against the Huskers.
Give me Louisiana Tech and the points.