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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Dayton Flyers - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dayton Flyers (2-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Titan Gym)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

Coming up on Thursday evening, we’ve got an interesting college basketball matchup looming from Titan Gym in Fullerton as the Dayton Flyers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 

Dayton enters play here with a 2-1 record on the season. The Flyers posted wins over Austin Peay 96-68 in their opener and followed that up with a solid win over Alabama 77-72. In Dayton’s most recent outing, however, they fell to Saint Mary’s 61-57 for their first loss of the year. 

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Dayton Flyers - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in scoring for Dayton is Charles Cooke, who is sitting on 23.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG. Scoochie Smith and Josh Cunningham are also averaging in double figures for the Flyers, with Smith bagging 15.7 PPG and Cunningham sitting on 12.5 PPG and 4.5 RPG. 

Over on the Nebraska side, they’re sitting pretty right now on a 3-0 record. The Cornhuskers started out the season with a win over Sacramento State 83-61, then followed that up with victories over Mary 70-38 and Louisiana Tech 65-54. In that one, Nebraska took the first half 32-26 and the second 33-28 to key in on the win. 

Tai Webster leads the Cornhuskers in scoring so far this year with 17.7 PPG and 5.3 RPG. Jack McVeigh and Glynn Watson Jr. are also averaging in double figures for Nebraska, with McVeigh posting 14.7 PPG and 6.0 RPG while Watson sits on 10.3 PPG. 

Dayton is 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Big 10, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine Thursday games. Dayton is also 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall, and 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

As for Nebraska, they’re 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Nebraska is also 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. 

Nebraska hasn’t quite been challenged yet this season, but to their credit they’re playing well in the opening handful of games. The Cornhuskers have managed to become pretty deep statistically, with their two rebound leaders also within the top four on the team in scoring. Given that depth, I like the Cornhuskers to cover here in a victory--and even better, the line isn't too intimidating.

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