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Purdue vs. Nebraska - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska at Purdue
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, IN
The Line
Purdue Boilermakers -10 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Nebraska at Purdue
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Mackey Arena on Saturday night.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be out to snap a 6-game losing skid after a 60-45 loss to Maryland in their last outing. Isaiah Roby led the Cornhuskers with 20 points along with 14 rebounds, a pair of steals and 5 blocks for the double-double while James Palmer Jr. added 12 points, a team-high 3 assists and a pair of steals as the only other Nebraska player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska in scoring with 19 points per game while Roby leads the Cornhuskers in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game and Glynn Watson Jr. leads Nebraska in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 73.3 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the 3-point line and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

The Purdue Boilermakers will look to stay hot after winning 7 straight and 10 of their last 11 games following a 73-63 win over Minnesota in their last outing. Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 17 points along with a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals while Trevion Williams came right behind with 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting and Matt Haarms added 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 5 blocks in 22 minutes. Ryan Cline and Nojel Eastern each had 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Purdue in the win, with Cline hitting 3 triples while Eastern had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Edwards leads Purdue with an average of 24.5 points and 3.5 assists per game while Eastern leads the Boilermakers in rebounding with 5.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Purdue is averaging 78.7 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the 3-point line and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

Nebraska is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Purdue is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a game where they failed to cover the spread. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers went from being one of the most profitable teams ATS dating back to last season to all of a sudden not being able to cover a number regardless of the situation, and not only are the Huskers not covering games, Nebraska isn’t winning any basketball games lately either. A lot of that has to do with the loss of Isaac Copeland Jr. but furthermore, it’s the loss of a big body inside. Purdue has lots of weapons that are clicking at the right time at the moment and should be able to ride their wave of momentum to another win and cover, further adding to Nebraska’s misery.

Pick:
Purdue -10

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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