Nebraska vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Illinois Panthers (14-15) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-19)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over in Lincoln at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, the Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be meeting up in college basketball action.
The Panthers are coming off a tepid 14-15 season in 2016-17. Eastern Illinois started out at 8-4, but then lost eight of their next nine games which pretty much sealed their losing record despite closing out the year at 5-3.
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The Panthers will be without their leading scorer from last season in Demetrius McReynolds, who leaves behind 14.7 PPG and 4.9 RPG. The good news is that Eastern Illinois’ other double-digit scorers from last year are all back: Montell Goodwin (14.3 PPG; 3.1 APG), Terrell Lewis (10.5 PPG; 4.7 APG) and Ray Crossland (10.5 PPG; 6.1 RPG).
Over on the Nebraska side, they stumbled to a 12-19 record last year. The Cornhuskers won their first four games of the season, but then lost six of their next seven. Nebraska finished the season on a 3-13 skid.
The Cornhuskers will have to account for their leading scorer from last year being gone; Tai Webster takes with him 17.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 4.0 APG. Ed Morrow has also moved on after a team-high 7.5 RPG and 9.4 PPG last season, but Nebraska retains Glynn Watson after a 13.0 PPG clip last year.
The over is 4-1 in the Cornhuskers’ last five home games and also 4-1 in their last five overall. Nebraska is also 4-10 ATS in the last 14 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Meanwhile, the over is 5-2 in the Panthers’ last seven overall and the under is 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games. The over is also 5-2 in Eastern Illinois’ last seven games as an underdog and 5-2 in the Panthers’ last seven games as a road underdog.
Eastern Illinois will come into this season with high hopes of improvement, and they’ll have a good shot at it by returning some key names from last season. As for Nebraska, they’re going to have to find a new identity from last year, which is good news since there aren’t too many places to go but up. I like Eastern Illinois to come out strong here in the opener and tally a cover.