Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-14) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -9.5 -- Over/Under:
We have some Big Ten college basketball action on tap Saturday, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be looking to snap a brutal 6 game losing skid after a 65-43 loss to Indiana gave the Knights their 8th loss in their last 9 games. DeShawn Freeman led Rutgers with 13 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Geo Baker was the only other Scarlet Knight to finish in double figures scoring with 10 points along with a pair of blocks in the loss. Corey Sanders went just 1 of 11 from the floor but hit 6 of 8 free throws for a total of 9 points with 6 rebounds, but still leads Rutgers with an average of 14 points and 3.2 assists per game while Freeman leads the Scarlet Knights in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Rutgers is scoring 65.9 points per game on 40.2% shooting from the field, 30.1% from behind the arc and 63.4% from the foul line this season.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to keep their momentum going after winning 4 straight and 6 of their last 7 games following a 91-85 road win over Minnesota in their last outing. Isaiah Roby led Nebraska with 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 8 rebounds and a whopping 5 blocks. James Palmer Jr. came 2nd with 19 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a 10 of 13 mark from the charity stripe, in addition to 7 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists, while Anton Gill added 12 points. Isaac Copeland and Glynn Watson Jr. each added 10 points, with Copeland shooting 4 of 7 with a pair of threes, while Watson Jr. added 6 assists in the winning effort. Palmer Jr. leads the Huskers in scoring with 17.7 points per game while Copeland leads Nebraska with 6.2 rebounds per game and Watson Jr. is the Cornhuskers’ top assist man with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 74 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
Rutgers is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 21-44 ATS in their last 65 conference matchups while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home. Nebraska is 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 conference matchups while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Rutgers is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
As if Rutgers on the road wasn’t scary enough, you find out that the Scarlet Knights haven’t broken 60 points in each of their last 3 road games and have only gone past that mark twice in their last 8 games overall. That won’t fly against a Nebraska team that’s come out of nowhere this season and have been pretty much money ATS this season and have killed the spread in conference play, so I see no other option that to lay the double digits with Nebraska as the Cornhuskers roll here.