Add Nebraska & Wisconsin 'Under' to NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:30 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 4:30 PM UTC

Wisconsin has done a great job on the defensive end against Nebraska since the two teams became Big Ten rivals, which makes the ‘Under’ a top college basketball pick Thursday.

Nebraska has won and covered the number in its last two home games against Illinois and Rutgers, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it now tries to put together only its second three-game win streak of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Cornhuskers rely heavily on juniors Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields on the offensive end, as the duo combine to average 36.0 points per game.

In last year’s 77-68 victory over Wisconsin as three-point home underdogs, Petteway and Shields finished with 52 points.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 1-14 SU and 5-10 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points.

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Reality Check
Wisconsin had its eight-game win streak come to an end in suffering a 67-62 setback to Rutgers as 15-point road favorites Sunday, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA Basketball pick, but it played most of that contest shorthanded.

The Badgers are expected to welcome back star center Frank Kaminsky to the lineup after dealing with concussion symptoms, but they’ll be without the services of starting point guard Traevon Jackson until at least late February.

Junior forward Sam Dekker may need to elevate his play even more in hopes of covering this point spread, as he’s averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last eight games after being hobbled by an ankle injury previously.

Sports bettors will find that the program is 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points this year.


Series History
It’s going to be nearly impossible for the Cornhuskers to reach last year’s figure of 77 points versus the Badgers in traveling to the Kohl Center, as they’ve failed to reach 50 points in four of five meetings over the previous three campaigns.

Nebraska is 4-6 SU all-time when traveling to Madison—dropping its only two contests at the Kohl Center.


Disciplined Defense
The Badgers are third in the country in committing just 13.4 fouls per game, which is a significant statistic to handicap in this affair, as the Cornhuskers are 90th in the country in getting to the free throw line.

Wisconsin also ranks first in terms of grabbing defensive rebounds, which will limit tonight’s opponent on the offensive glass, while it also sits behind just 30 teams in holding foes to 42.7 percent shooting from inside the arc.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their top basketball picks, as the UNDER is 8-3 in the Cornhuskers’ last 11 road games versus a team with a winning home record.

Pick:  Under 120.5 at BetOnline

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