Nebraska vs. Florida State: ACC/Big Ten Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 1, 2014 4:29 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 4:29 PM GMT

Backing Nebraska versus lined opposition has been a losing venture for NCAA Basketball bettors early on, which makes Florida State a dangerous home underdog in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Let’s Give This Another Try
Nebraska is 4-1 SU and 0-3 ATS through five games of the season, as it hits the road for the second time—suffering a 66-62 overtime defeat to Rhode Island as 1.5-point favorites on Nov. 22.

The Cornhuskers were out-rebounded by a 49-30 margin in that affair, which is important to consider when making your NCAA Basketball predictions, while leading scorer Terran Petteway committed a team-high eight turnovers.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 2-0 SUATS versus Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.


Building a Resume
Florida State needs to start securing some quality wins in hopes of building a 2015 NCAA Tournament resume, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA Basketball odds, as its three wins have come against Manhattan, The Citadel and Charleston Southern.

The Seminoles are 4-3 SU in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games played at home, with three of those victories coming under 13-year head coach Leonard Hamilton.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 13-18 SU and 15-15-1 ATS as underdogs since the start o the 2012-13 campaign, with the UNDER going 15-11 in that situation.


Defending the Basket
The Cornhuskers have yet to get going offensively, but they rank 24th in the country in defensive efficiency, while they’ve compiled a 24-6 SU record when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field under head coach Tim Miles.

Nebraska is averaging 2.6 blocks per game more than its opponents, with Petteway being the main contributor to that statistic at 1.6.  He was also last year’s Big Ten Conference scoring champion.


A Rising Star
With regular backcourt starters Devon Bookert (foot) and Aaron Thomas (illness) expected to be out for a third consecutive game, the Seminoles will  need Xavier Rathan-Mayes to continue his strong play.

The freshman has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, while he enters this crucial matchup as Florida State’s leader in three-point shots made with seven through the first six contests of the season.


I’m going to recommend that readers back the Seminoles as one of their NCAA Basketball Picks, as the Cornhuskers are 0-6 ATS in their last six non-conference affairs.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick:  Florida State Seminoles +2 at 5 Dimes

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