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Nebraska vs. Northwestern - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northwestern at Nebraska
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
The Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
BTN
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The Northwestern Wildcats will travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Northwestern Wildcats lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 12-12 (3-10 Big 10) on the season after being defeated by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 59-56, this past Wednesday. Northwestern struggled offensively against the Rutgers defense and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 Scarlet Knights run gave Rutgers a 49-41 lead with 6:13 left in regulation. Northwestern shot just 36.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Scarlet Knights by a 44-30 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Vic Law who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Northwestern is averaging 67.7 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Vic Law (15.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), Dererk Pardon (13.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 bpg), Ryan Taylor (11.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), A.J. Turner (8.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg).

Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers snapped their 7-game losing streak and improved to 14-11 (4-10 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 62-61, this past Wednesday. In a tight back and forth game, Nebraska was able to get the much needed victory after James Palmer hit two FT’s with just 1.1 seconds left in regulation to secure the win for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska shot 50.0% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was James Palmer Jr. who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Nebraska is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nebraska has been led by James Palmer Jr. (19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaac Copeland Jr. (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Glynn Watson Jr. (12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Isaiah Roby (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.7 bpg).

Defensively, Nebraska is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 3.4.

The Wildcats are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win, however, are just 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Northwestern has lost 7 of their last 9 games and although their defense has been solid, ranking 36th in scoring defense, the Wildcats have struggled offensively and come into this game ranked just 299th in scoring offense & 317th in FG%.

Nebraska has lost 7 of their last 10 games and currently rank 191st in scoring offense, 18th in scoring defense, and 29th in defensive FG%.

Both Northwestern and Nebraska have struggled over the past few weeks, however, I’m having a hard time seeing the Wildcats offense finding success on the road against an above average Nebraska defense. Northwestern is just 1-6 on the road the season and as Nebraska has been solid at home this season, posting a 10-4 home record, I think the Cornhuskers do enough in this one to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Nebraska Cornhuskers -5.5

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