Michigan Wolverines (6-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-4)
College Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 146 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Friday in college basketball action from Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Michigan rolls into this game at 6-0 so far. The Wolverines have taken out UCF, Toledo and Penn State in their last three games. As for Nebraska, they’re sitting at 4-4 this year. The Cornhuskers are 1-3 in their last four games and coming off a loss to Wisconsin. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Michigan is rolling right along this year with five double-digit wins and one close escape. The Wolverines took out Bowling Green, Oakland, Ball State and UCF to kick off the season at 4-0. In the last pair, Michigan has beaten Toledo 91-71 and Penn State 62-58.
In the win over the Nittany Lions, Michigan’s top scorer was Hunter Dickinson with 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Isaiah Livers added 10 points with six boards and two assists, and Eli Brooks was also in double-figures on 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Nebraska side, it’s been an uneven season so far. The Cornhuskers started out a 3-1, falling to Nevada while otherwise beating McNeese State, ND State and South Dakota. Since then it’s been a 1-3 run for the Cornhuskers, beating Doane and falling to Georgia Tech 75-64, Creighton 98-74 and Wisconsin 67-53.
In the loss to the Badgers, Nebraska’s Dalano Banton posted 15 points with eight rebounds and four assists. Teddy Allen chipped in 11 points, one assist and one rebound, and Trey McGowens was also in double-figures with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Cornhuskers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss and 2-10 ATS in their last 10 home games. Nebraska is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and the over is 17-5 in the last 22 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite. Michigan is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 on the road versus a team with a winning home record and the over is 4-0 in their last four Friday games.
PICK: I’m sticking with Nebraska here. The Wolverines predictably rolled through the first five games of their schedule, but Penn State gave them a bit of a scare with that four-point win. The Lions outworked Michigan on the glass, collecting 13 offensive rebounds to the Wolverines’ four. Michigan also coughed up 16 turnovers in that one, so there are plenty of things to clean up in this game. Nebraska was beaten pretty soundly by Wisconsin in their last game, but they’ve had a few good scoring outings this year and I think the Cornhuskers can keep in range for this one.