The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-13, 2-7 Big 10), who are currently on a five-game skid, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Michigan Wolverines (11-8, 2-6 Big 10) to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Michigan Wolverines at Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Preview
The last time the Wolverines played, they lost a tough one against the No. 21 Illinois Fighting Illini, 64-62. Zavier Simpson had a solid game for Michigan, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Illinois held the Wolverines to an effective field goal percentage of 0.424 (below their season average of 0.541). Michigan, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 2.8 (better than their season average of 14.6).
The Cornhuskers are hoping for a better outcome after their 75-72 loss to the No. 24 Rutgers Scarlet Knights in their last game. With 17 points and eight rebounds, Nebraska’s Thorir Thorbjarnarson had a good performance. Rutgers held the Cornhuskers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.8 (below their season average of 22.4). Nebraska, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.9 vs. 14.7).
Nebraska should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Nebraska ranks eighth in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.1 percent), while Michigan forces the 23rd-fewest turnovers (16.7 percent). Furthermore, the 60th-ranked offense of the Wolverines (offensive efficiency of 108.7) will go head-to-head against the 269th-ranked defense of the Cornhuskers (defensive efficiency of 102.8).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wolverines won the only contest last season, 82-53. The Wolverines dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.185 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.667. For those same stats, the Cornhuskers were 0.075 and 0.358, respectively.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Over
The Wolverines average 35.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 150th in the NCAA. The Cornhuskers rank 276th in rebounds allowed per game (45.9).
Michigan is 21st in the country with 5.0 steals allowed per game while Nebraska is 27th with 5.2 steals allowed per game.
Michigan ranks eighth in three pointers allowed per game (16.1) while Nebraska ranks 267th (26.2).
The Wolverines rank 20th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while the Cornhuskers rank 191st (14.3).
Michigan ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Nebraska ranks 169th (5.2).
The Cornhuskers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wolverines have scored an average of 71.8 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 75.8 points per game (6.2 above their season average).