Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wildcats and Cornhuskers. The game is starting at 2:15 ET on BTN, and it’s hosted by the Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Big Ten conference contest is set at 144.5 points, with the Cornhuskers being the favored team playing at home against the Wildcats.
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS VS NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Nebraska Cornhuskers -2.5
This game will be played at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 2:15 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cornhuskers.
- Not only will Nebraska pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can The Wildcats Secure a Win at Lincoln?
Northwestern comes into this game as the underdog with a record of 13-4, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play. They have gone 2-3 on the road this season and are coming off a 72-69 win over Maryland.
So far, the Wildcats have been the underdog in five games and have gone 2-3 in those matchups. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 4-6, and their average scoring margin on the road this season is -6.6 points per game.
Against the spread, Northwestern has gone 7-8-2 this season. On the road, their ATS record is just 1-3-1. As the underdog, the Wildcats have gone 2-3 vs. the spread this year.
Northwestern’s over/under record for the season is 10-7, and today’s line of 144.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (135.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 7-3.
In their most recent game, the Wildcats’ offense tallied 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.9 points per game. Boo Buie led the scoring for the Wildcats, contributing 20 points. Additionally, Brooks Barnhizer chipped in with 15 points.
Currently, the Wildcats’ defense holds the 70th rank in the nation, allowing 67.0 points per game. The Northwestern defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 69 points and allowed Maryland to connect on 6 threes.
Will the Cornhuskers Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
Nebraska comes into this game as the favorite, with a record of 10-1 when favored this season. At home, the Cornhuskers are 11-1, and they have won five straight games at home.
Overall, Nebraska is 13-5 on the season, and they have gone 3-4 in Big Ten play. After losing their last game to Rutgers, the Cornhuskers are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak.
As the favorite, Nebraska has gone 7-3-1 against the spread this season and they are 6-3-1 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, the Cornhuskers are 8-3-1 vs. the spread this year and they have an ATS mark of 6-3-1 in their last 10 home games.
Today’s over/under line of 144.5 for the Nebraska game is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (147.5). So far, 12 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s total. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 166 points.
The Cornhuskers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 82 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 78.5 points per contest. Brice Williams was the leading scorer for the Cornhuskers, putting up 22 points. In addition, Keisei Tominaga contributed 16 points.
Coming into today’s game, the Nebraska defense is giving up an average of 70.1 points per contest. Against Rutgers in their most recent game, the Nebraska defense gave up a total of 87 points while allowing Rutgers to hit 38% of their shots.