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Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena
When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:00 pm ET
We have a Big Ten matchup to consider for Saturday evening when the Indiana Hoosiers meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers for an evening of Big Ten college hoops action. Indiana is 3-3 in the conference and enters this game coming off a road loss to Rutgers. Nebraska is 2-4 in the conference standings and is hoping to end a two-game losing streak when they host the Hoosiers.
Indiana Road Woes ContinueIndiana is playing .500 ball in the conference and has an overall record of 13-4 this season. The Hoosiers have lost three of its last five games and Saturday marks the end of a two-game road trip followed by a two-game homestand and Indiana is 0-3 this season away from Bloomington.
"On the road right now in this league is brutal, and every game that you play feels like this. You got another opportunity on Saturday."https://t.co/3cWqrHTkN4— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) January 16, 2020
The Hoosiers score an average of 74.6 points while allowing 65.8 points per game. Indiana is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, a nation-leading 29.7 percent from downtown and 68.65 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Indiana has four players scoring in double figures and is led by freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. The frosh forward averages 14 points per game with a team-high 7.9 caroms and leads Indiana with 2.1 blocked shots per game. The Hoosiers forward scored four points with six rebounds in a road loss to Rutgers.
Nebraska Two Game Losing StreakNebraska is 2-4 in conference play and boasts a 7-10 overall record this season. The Cornhuskers are 5-4 this season at home and have lost three of their last five games. Saturday is a one-off home game followed by road games with Wisconsin and Rutgers next week.
The Cornhuskers score an average of 72.5 points per game and allow 74.5 points per game this season. Nebraska makes 41.7 percent of its field goal attempts, 33.6 percent of its triple tries and leads the nation with a 58.9 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
Nebraska has three players scoring in double figures and is led by senior guard Haanif Cheatham. Cheatham scores an average of 12.9 points per game with 4.2 caroms and 1.2 assists. Cheatham is knocking down 35.6 percent of his three-point attempts and is coming off a nine-point, three rebound night in a road loss to Ohio State.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take the Hoosiers in this matchup. They are a good team just not on the road and up against a Nebraska side that isn’t very good anywhere. Indiana is much better on both ends of the floor and while the Hoosiers might not have the experience that Nebraska has, they make up for it by having the better players. I will take Indiana to win it’s first road game of the season when they beat Nebraska on Saturday.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one ending at 147 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. The Cornhuskers aren’t very good at either end of the court and Indiana has a solid defense with a couple of upsets this season. Nebraska plays at a fast tempo and the Hoosiers are just below league average in tempo but the Hoosiers defense is what will win the game for Indiana and that means a low scoring game. I will play UNDER at 147 points and above in this matchup.