Nebraska @ RUTGERS
Nebraska +7 -106 over RUTGERS

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Posted at 11:00 AM EST.

Streaming: Big-10 Network

Nebraska +7½ over RUTGERS

2:00 PM EST. Rutgers has won three in a row and four of five. Their last victory was just four days ago over Michigan and they also have a thrilling upset over Purdue. With a 8-5 overall record and a 2-1 record in Big-10 play, the Scarlet Knights stock is climbing.

By contrast, Nebraska’s stock is dropping fast. This is a Cornhuskers' squad that has lost two in a row and seven of its last eight. We’ll continue to hammer away at the market’s fascination for wins and losses above everything else and this game is a perfect example of that.  

You see, Rutgers is not playing good basketball. They lost at Illinois by 35 points, and earlier in the season they lost to Lafayette (at home) and at UMass. This team has struggled to score the last couple of years, but when three starters transferred out last spring, that problem became especially acute. Rutgers is ranked 205th in the country in offensive efficiency, 273rd in scoring (68.1 points per game) and 270th in effective field goal percentage. The Scarlet Knights non-conference Strength of Schedule (SOS) ranks 337th out of 358 teams. 

As for Nebraska’s 0-4 conference mark and 6-9 overall record, it does not look pretty on paper but aside from the one-point loss at home to Western Illinois to start the season, Nebraska doesn’t have any really bad losses. They lost to Michigan, Indiana, #13 Ohio State and #10 Michigan, the latter two by 12 points each. They also lost to #18 Auburn.

The Huskers dealt with a rough COVID stoppage in 2020-21 forcing them to play 12 games in 24 days in February. Despite that, Nebraska gave several big-time Big Ten opponents all they could handle before succumbing to defeat. Fred Hoiberg has a solid core returning and adds a boatload of talent from the transfer portal and HS ranks. He has his best team of his 3-year tenure but the results don’t show it yet. Today we get Nebraska at a massive discount in a game they can win outright.

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Our Pick

Nebraska +7 -106 (Risking 2.12 units - To Win: 2.00)

 

 

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