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Posted at 11:30 AM EST.
5:15 PM EST. This contest was supposed to be a win-and-you're-in situation, but a two-game skid by the Nittany Lions has put an end to their hopes of getting an at-large bid. Instead, Penn State will have to rip through the Big 10 tournament if it wants to go dancing. We've seen PSU's motivation for today's game called into question. However, this short line tells us the oddsmakers think the Nittany Lions are going to bring it today in Lincoln. Misery loves company and Penn State can rob this conference rival of a ticket to the Madness.
This is a "must-win" for the Cornhuskers, but that overhyped angle will only draw the attention of the market to look at Nebraska, which is just fine with us. The 'Huskers have won seven of their last eight games, but a closer look shows most of those W's have come against the dregs of the conference with Rutgers (twice), Minnesota and Iowa. The only loss the 'Huskers suffered came at Illinois, which is in a three-way tie for last in the Big Ten. Nebraska is on the bubble according to CBS's Bracketology Breakdown, but the narrative that 'Huskers want to win this one more because of their current standing makes for a better talking point than it does a betting angle. As we mentioned earlier, this small number will be appealing to anyone that is using that hanging fruit as a reason to place a bet. The oddsmakers made the Cornhuskers an appealing play today for a reason, which raises a big red flag. PSU is not on the bubble here, as they are more than likely going to be left out while Nebraska, an inferior team can get in. That’s not right and Penn State will show us why right here.
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