Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 12:30 PM EST.
6:30 PM EST. Note the slightly earlier start time here and also note that the Cornhuskers have fallen out of the rankings while the Hoosiers come in as the #22 ranked team in the country. What we have here is a ranked team at home spotting next to nothing against an unranked intruder. That is sure to have some big market appeal but sometimes that number next to a name is nothing but fool’s gold. This is one of those times.
The Hoosiers really didn’t lose any market credibility when they lost on the road to #2 Michigan last week and then lost to Maryland, also on the road. The Terps are gaining steam in the market and Indiana had a big lead in that game too before losing by just three. Having won four consecutive games earlier in the month by a total of eight points, Indiana has actually been teetering with disaster. For all the hype about Romeo Langford, this team is at its best when it is playing through 6-8 senior forward Juwan Morgan down low. Langford is a really good scorer, but he is also shooting 21 percent from 3-point range, and teams know how to scout an opponent. Throw in a freshman point guard in Rob Phinisee, who is going through the gauntlet of league play for the first time, and this team is bound to lose a few it shouldn’t. Indiana’s spot in the Top 25 is going to be short-lived.
By contrast, we’re suggesting that Nebraska slipping out of the polls will also be short-lived because this team is so good. The ’Huskers won 10 of its final 12 regular-season games last year, and it has continued the momentum behind a nucleus of three seniors, including two fifth-year guys in 6-6 guard James Palmer and 6-9 forward Isaac Copeland. You can see by the team’s high KenPom ranking that it has played quality basketball while notching wins over Seton Hall, Oklahoma State and Creighton at home, plus Clemson on the road. Upcoming is this one before the Cornhuskers get Michigan State at home on Thursday. This veteran and very talented team now has two great chances to raise its stock price and we’re suggesting to get ’em while you can still afford ’em.
#865 Nebraska +115 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.30)