Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: United Center, Chicago Illinois
When: Friday March 15, 2019 2:55pm Eastern
The sides are set for the second quarterfinal of the Big ten Tournament when the Nebraska Cornhuskers face the Wisconsin Badgers. Nebraska arrived here with wins over Rutgers and Maryland and Wisconsin finished fourth in the Big Ten standings. This should be a good contest and I’m thrilled to be previewing this game for you today.
Palmer on Fire in this Tournament
Nebraska Senior guard James Palmer Jr continues to impress, scoring 24 points with five rebounds and three assists in the Cornhuskers 69-61 upset victory over Maryland. Senior guard Glynn Watson isn’t ready to end his Nebraska career either and scored 19 points with four rebounds and three assists. Nebraska shot 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from behind the three-point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe in the Cornhuskers huge win over Maryland.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) March 14, 2019
The Cornhuskers aren’t reporting any injuries for their game with Wisconsin.
Palmer leads Nebraska in scoring with an average of 19.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team high three assists. Palmer drains 1.8 three-pointers per game and has exceeded his scoring average in four of his last five games.
The Cornhuskers score an average of 72 points and haul in nine offensive rebounds, 26.7 defensive rebounds and 12.9 assists per game this season.
Happ Does it All for Wisconsin
Wisconsin has had a good season and with a record of 22 wins and nine losses and a Big Ten record of 14-6, the Badgers have plenty to be proud about. KenPom ranks the Badgers at number 12 in the country and a strength of schedule of number five among all D1 schools in America. All of that has likely earned the Badgers a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a strong finish in this tournament might get the Badgers a higher seed.
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— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 14, 2019
The Badgers aren’t reporting any injuries for their matchup with Nebraska.
Wisconsin defeated Nebraska on the road by nine points in their only meeting this season. The Badgers have a road record of 8-5 and are enjoying a three-game winning streak.
Senior forward Ethan Happ leads the Badgers in several categories, including points per game (17.8), rebounds (10.4), assists (4.7) and steals (1.1) and plays three instruments in the pep band. Happ exceeded his scoring average twice in the last five games.
The Badgers score an average of 69.6 points with 7.1 offensive rebounds, 28.3 defensive rebounds and drop 12.7 assists per game this season.
- Badgers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Badgers are 1-4 ATS last 5 in series.
- Cornhuskers are 24-6 ATS in their last 30 games following a straight up win.
- Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Nebraska has been on fire and playing out of their minds. Or they are playing to their potential. Either way, I like their chances of covering the spread on Friday afternoon. The Cornhuskers are a better rebounding side and I think this game is going to be decided on the low blocks and I think Nebraska is up for a challenge like what Happ will bring. I’m taking the points and playing Nebraska on Friday.
Prediction: Nebraska +7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
As we have seen throughout this tournament, the offenses have been ruling the day and defense is taking a backseat. And that’s okay with me. I’m looking forward to Palmer and Happ going at it for the last time as college basketball players and I also see Watson going off as well.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with 130 points and thought it was a bit low. I will be playing the over on Friday.
Prediction: Over 126