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Rutgers vs. Nebraska - 3/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska at Rutgers
Date & Time Wednesday March 13, 2019, 6:30 PM (EDT)
Location
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Rutgers +2 -- Over/Under: 137
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Nebraska at Rutgers
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Wednesday in the college basketball Big Ten Tournament at the United Center.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers enter this tournament losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 71.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting. James Palmer Jr. is averaging 19.1 points and 3.1 assists while Isaac Copeland Jr. is averaging 14 points and 5.3 rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Roby is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost their last six non-home games.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights enter this tournament losing seven of their last 10 games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 68.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Eugene Omoruyi is averaging 13.7 points and 2.3 assists while Geo Baker is averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. Ron Harper Jr. is dishing 1.2 assists and Montez Mathis is grabbing three rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 63.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost four of their last six non-home games.

The Cornhuskers are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Big Ten, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 overall. The over is 5-0 in Cornhuskers last 5 overall.

Then home team won both meetings this season and they both enter this contest playing horrible basketball. Nebraska has not only lost 10 of its last 13 games, but its losing its last five games by an average of 13.8 points and has really fallen off defensively. Rutgers has been more competitive in its losses, losing its last five games by an average of two points, but the lack of offense has been an issue all year. Good luck predicting which team breaks out of its funk, but as far as a prediction, Nebraska does have a considerable edge defensively despite what the recent numbers show. You combine the Cornhuskers defense with Rutgers inability to find easy offense, and this should be a win for Nebraska. I'll lay the bucket if forced to pick.

Pick:
Nebraska -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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