Wisconsin vs. Nebraska - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-6) at Wisconsin Badgers (15-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Wisconsin Badgers play Thursday night at the Kohl Center.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won four of their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 65.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 60.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds while Shavon Shields is averaging 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Benny Parker is dishing 2.1 assists. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are a defensive team that’s allowing 27.6 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in six of their last eight games. Offensively, Nebraska is shooting 72.1 percent from the line and 30.9 percent from deep. Nebraska is 1-3 SU on the road.
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The Wisconsin Badgers hope to bounce back from their loss to Rutgers and win their fourth conference game. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 73.5 points on 48.8 percent shooting and is allowing 54.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Josh Gasser is shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The Wisconsin Badgers are a quality offensive team that’s shooting 74 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. However, the Badgers will be without Traevon Jackson for a while due to an ankle injury. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in eight of its last nine games.
The Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 vs. Big Ten. The Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
You guys know I love the Wisconsin Badgers, and they're as dangerous as any team in the country with a healthy Kaminsky. However, this is too many points to pass up against a Nebraska team that can score and play above-average defense. Expect a much closer game here.