Free NCAA Basketball Picks for Wisconsin vs. Nebraska

Joe Catalano

Sunday, March 9, 2014 3:48 PM GMT

With a huge victory over Indiana on Wednesday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-11) are back in the NCAA Tournament picture. A win over a top ranked team such as the #9 Wisconsin Badgers (25-5) at home, would most likely put the Huskers in the Big Dance as well as our college basketball picks.

Tip-off is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 pm ET at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

SBRodds.com list the visiting Badgers as a 3 point road favorite. Wisconsin will need this game for rankings and momentum purposes, but this game means much more to Nebraska. Are the Cornhuskers capable of pulling off the upset against one of the better defensive teams in the country in Wisconsin?

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On a Roll

After a mid-season collapse, the Cornhuskers have won 7 out of their last 8 games and are right in the thick of things where the NCAA Tournament is concerned.

That said, the Huskers aren’t an overwhelming team offensively, averaging a pedestrian-like 67 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field. Leading scorer, Terran Pettaway, will need to shake the slump that he’s in for Nebraska to beat a team with the lockdown defense of Wisconsin.

Although the sophomore isn’t known for his shooting efficiency, he’s just 11 for 40 from the field and averaging 12 points per game in his last 3 contests. If Pettaway can’t be effective, the Cornhuskers will need to rely on sophomore Shavon Shields. Shields has played well as of late, averaging 17 points per game in his last 2 games and has been a force on the boards, averaging nearly10 rebounds per game in his last 4 contests.

Beating Top Contenders

One thing that Wisconsin has been successful at is defeating the elite teams in the country. Wisky is an eye-popping 6-1 against top 25 teams, scoring victories over the likes of Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and, Illinois. That is definitely something that the NCAA voting committee will take into account when creating the seedings for the NCAA Tournament. Now, Wisconsin has one more battle to fight in Lincoln to close out the regular season.

Team Effort

Wisconsin doesn’t necessarily have a go to guy on the offensive end as Frank Kaminsky (13.3 points) and Sam Dekker (13.1 point) lead the Badgers in scoring. They have an inconsistent player like Ben Brust, who can play outstanding defense and is known for hitting some of the biggest game winning shots for Wisconsin in the past few years.

Kaminsky might be the shoulder to lean on as he’s coming off of a 22 point effort against Purdue and can knock down the 3-ball. Dekker has been cold as ice in his last two games, averaging just 6 points on 3 for 13 shooting from the field. Someone will need to step up as Nebraska has everything to play for and is coming off of a big win.

Trends

Nebraska is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games at home

Nebraska is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs.a team with a winning % above .600

Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games

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Outcome

Wisconsin is obviously the better squad, but I’m going take Nebraska at home for our college basketball picks. The Huskers have much more incentive to win this game and have only lost 1 game at home all season long.

College Basketball Pick: Nebraska +3 at Bet 365