Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (10-11) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Bob Devaney Sports Center and the Nebraska Cornhuskers await the visit of the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday.
The Northwestern Wildcats outscore opponents 65-63 and that's not enough scoring to be a factor in the Big Ten. On the flip side the defense has been giving up far more points in conference play which has played a part in seven consecutive defeats capped off by a 68-60 loss to visiting Purdue Saturday. A 40-31 Boilermakers second half run won it with the Wildcats hitting at less then 42% while the visitors sank shots at nearly 47% with a decisive 24-8 edge at the stripe. The Wildcats offense was a two man attack with Brian McIntosh and Tre Demps contributing 18 points apiece with a combined eight assists on 13-30 shooting. Ten players saw floortime with nine scoring but nobody else scored more then six points.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are very similar to their counterparts in that they outscore opponents 63-61 so scoring the basketball is not a strength. The Cornhuskers are not a contender in the Big Ten but a strong finish in the conference and this team will be in the postseason somewhere. The Huskers have struggled to score in back to back defeats following a 60-42 loss at Minnesota with a 16 point first half setting the tone. The Golden Gophers won the shooting battle 43.8%-37% and held a 14-4 advantage at the charity stripe. Shavon Shields gave the offense eleven points and five yanks on 4-15 shooting and a game high six turnovers with Terran Petteway adding ten poiints and five helpers. Tarin Smith scored six points and snared six boards but the offense struggled to find the groove.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Northwestern are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Big Ten. Nebraska are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 home games and -5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. I don't see a ton of difference here so I'm looking at taking the points for now...