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Nebraska vs. Purdue - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Purdue at Nebraska
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
The Line
Purdue Boilermakers -5 -- O/U: 137.5
TV Channel
BTN
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The Purdue Boilermakers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Purdue Boilermakers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a narrow 48-46 win over Indiana in their last outing. Ryan Cline led the Boilermakers with 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting with 3 threes as the only Purdue player to score in double digits in the win while Nojel Eastern had 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Carsen Edwards had 9 points on an abysmal 4 of 24 shooting, including missing all 10 of his 3-point attempts, but still leads Purdue with an average of 23.8 points and 3.2 assists per game while Eastern leads the Boilermakers in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 76.6 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to rebound after a disappointing 95-71 loss to Penn State in their last outing. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 24 points along with a team-high 7 rebounds while Isaiah Roby chipped in 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting and Thomas Allen added 11 points with a team-high 5 assists. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska with an average of 19 points and 3 assists per game while Roby is the Cornhuskers’ leading rebounder, pulling down 7.2 boards per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 71.9 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the 3-point line and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Purdue is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. Nebraska is 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Purdue’s offensive output, or lack thereof, was a bit surprising considering how well Purdue have been playing over conference play. However, the Boilermakers are still far and away the better team in this matchup and while Nebraska used to be a profitable team to back, the fact is that the Cornhuskers’ value has fallen off of a cliff since losing Copeland Jr. for the season with that knee injury. Purdue already owns a 19-point win over Nebraska this season, and while I’m not sure the same happens here, I see no reason why Purdue can’t pick up a win and cover in this one.

Pick:
Purdue -5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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