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Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska - 12/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys +7 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-5)
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys meet in college basketball action from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Sunday night.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be looking to build on a 94-75 win over Creighton in their last outing. James Palmer Jr. led the Cornhuskers with 30 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 6 threes while Thomas Allen chipped in 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Isaiah Roby added 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds while Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points with 3 threes and a team-high 5 assists. Isaac Copeland Jr. chipped in 11 points and 7 boards to round out the scoring in double figures for Nebraska in the winning effort. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska in scoring with an average of 18.7 points per game while Copeland Jr. leads the Cornhuskers in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game and Watson Jr. leads Nebraska with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 79.8 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 63-53 loss to Houston in their last outing. Isaac Likekele led the Cowboys with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a team-high 4 assists while Thomas Dziagwa added 13 points with 3 triples and 6 rebounds as the only other Oklahoma State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Cameron McGriff chipped in 7 points and a team-high 9 rebounds, but still leads Oklahoma State with an average of 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while Likekele leads the Cowboys with an average of 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 72 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 41.6% from behind the arc and 64.2% from the foul line this season.

Nebraska is 25-6-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games following a win while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 non-conference games. Oklahoma State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Big Ten while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 neutral site games. Nebraska is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

If this game was at Oklahoma State, you could maybe make a case for the Cowboys. However, I simply don’t like what I’ve seen from the Cowboys up to this point, and going up against a very good Nebraska team that’s been solid ATS dating back to last season isn’t going to help matters any time soon. The Cornhuskers haven’t had much luck in this matchup, but this is arguably the best Nebraska has been over that span, and I think the Cornhuskers get the job done by double-digits here, so I’ll lay the points with Nebraska in this spot.

Pick:
Nebraska -7

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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