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Nebraska vs Penn State Basketball Picks 2-17-24

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-13) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-8)
February 17, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -7.5; Over/Under: +154.5
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The Penn State Nittany Lions will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten game on Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Penn State has lost two games in a row, while Nebraska has lost two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Penn State vs Nebraska prediction.

Penn State Preview

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 12-13 (6-8) this season after they lost to Michigan State by a score of 80-72 in their last game. Penn State trailed 45-31 at the half, but they did score 41 points in the second half in the loss. The Nittany Lions shot 45.3% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the game. Penn State lost to Northwestern by a score of 68-63 in the game prior to Michigan State, but they did win the previous three games. The Nittany Lions are scoring 75.8 points per game with 31.5 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game, while giving up 73.6 points against per game this year. Kanye Clary is averaging 16.7 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Penn State is shooting 44.2% from the field, 74.9% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers this season. Penn State will meet Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa after this one.

Nebraska Preview

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 17-8 (7-7) this year after they defeated Michigan by a score of 79-59 in their last game. Nebraska led 45-25 at halftime and they were able to coast to the win in the second half. The Cornhuskers shot 46.9% from the field and were +4 in rebounding margin in the game. Nebraska lost to Northwestern and Illinois in the two games prior to Michigan. The Cornhuskers are scoring 77.3 points per game with 37.6 rebounds per game and 15.6 assists per game, while allowing 70.8 points against per game this season. Keisei Tominaga is averaging 14 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Nebraska is shooting 45% from the field, 75.7% on free throws, and 36.5% on three pointers this year. 

Penn State vs Nebraska Betting Prediction

Both of these teams have struggled in recent games and only one game separates them in the Big Ten standings. Nebraska might not be very good on the road, but they are elite at home. The Cornhuskers have great wins against Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Purdue so far at home this year. Penn State is 2-1 in their last three road games, but this is going to be a very tough environment to play in. I love the way Nebraska plays at home and I think they pick up another nice win here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Nebraska -7.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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