Headline 2: No. 25 Nebraska Renews Rivalry with Oklahoma State
Willie’s NCAAB season picks record: 20-14-2 (+5.25 units)
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Free NCAAB Pick: Nebraska -7
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Nebraska and Oklahoma State used to square off annually in just about every sport imaginable, their basketball squads meeting for 53 consecutive seasons from 1958-2011 in the Big 8 and Big 12. That 7-year hiatus comes to an end Sunday in Sioux Falls, SD when the Cornhuskers and Cowboys renew their old rivalry.
A ticket inside Sanford Pentagon or access to the Big Ten Network are the only ways to catch the first meeting in close to eight years. Nebraska’s plodding style of play gets the Cornhuskers the nod as favorites for the matchup, the total set in the low-140s.
Losses To Gophers A Common Theme For ‘Huskers, Cowboys
Tim Miles’ squad is clinging to the No. 25 spot in the coaches poll after cracking down on Creighton, 94-75. Closing as 8-point chalk at Bookmaker at home in Lincoln eight days ago, Nebraska was led by a season-high 30 from James Palmer Jr. as all five starters scored in double figures to end a 7-game skid against the rival Bluejays. It was a solid bounce-back effort by the Cornhuskers after dropping a Big Ten game at Minnesota three days earlier, just their second loss both straight up and against the spread this season.
It has been a slow start for Mike Boynton Jr. in his second season running the show in Stillwater. The Cowboys arrive in South Dakota on a 3-game skid, the last two losses as small NCAA basketball odds favorites and the first as small pups at Minnesota. It has also been eight days since Oklahoma State was last on the floor, dropping a 63-53 decision at home to Houston, the third time this season the Cowboys lost a game they were favored to win. Turnovers have been a big problem with OSU 282nd in the country giving it away better than 15 times a game, and the Cowboys have been consistently beaten on the glass as well. They will at least be a bit deeper for this one with Indiana transfer Curtis Jones finally cleared to begin playing.
Strong Trends Support ‘Under’ Play
The last time the schools met was at the 2011 Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma State holding on for a slight 53-52 upset after falling in Lincoln earlier that season. Nebraska has the advantage in the rivalry to the tune of 63 wins to the Cowboys’ 54. Oklahoma State covered five of the final six clashes as Big 12 foes, and the last three meetings failed to reach the totals.
Both sides have leaned towards the ‘under’ to this point in the season, and sport strong trends that direction going back to last year. The Cornhuskers have not been a strong play in recent neutral-court affairs, but that’s the direction I’m tilting with my free NCAA basketball pick.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) December 14, 2018