Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Northwestern Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers battle it out on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action. The Wildcats are -7.5 point favorites over the Cornhuskers with an over/under point total set at 126.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost three games in a row and after starting the season with promise, Bill Carmody’s team is watching their hopes of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time fall to the wayside. Northwestern is 2-6 in the Big Ten, 8-3 at home this year, and they are in 11th place in the 12 team conference. John Shurna is averaging 18.9 points and 5.9 rebounds, Drew Crawford is averaging 17.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, and Dave Sobolewski is averaging 7.8 points. As a team Northwestern is averaging 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they allow 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Northwestern looks to be heading into a softer part of their Big 10 schedule and we will see if they can take advantage of it.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been alternating wins and losses but that’s an improvement for Doc Sadler’s team in their first year in the Big Ten. NU is 3-6 in the Big 10, 3-4 on the road, and tied for ninth place in the conference. Bo Spencer is averaging 14.9 points, Toney McCray is averaging 10.1 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Brandon Richardson is averaging 7.4 points. As a team Nebraska is averaging 61.6 points and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents shoot 42.9 percent. The Huskers look like they are catching on to the style of Big Ten play.
Northwestern is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 3-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Nebraska is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total here is simply far too big of a number, I will take the under.