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Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln Nebraska
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9:00 pm Eastern
The National Invitational Tournament (N.I.T) is our focus on Wednesday evening when the Butler Bulldogs visit Lincoln for a contest with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Butler was invited to the N.I.T for their eighth-place finish in the Big East and Nebraska finished eleventh in the Big Ten this season. I’m the Flash and I’m happy to be previewing this contest for you today. Let’s go make some “Cash with the Flash” on Wednesday night!!
Butler Had Tough Big East Season
Butler finished their season with a record of 16-16 and a Big East record of seven wins and 11 losses. KenPom ranks the Bulldogs number 68 in the country with the 51st strongest schedule in the country. That’s how good the Big East was this season folks. Butler had two separate losing streaks of three games each and only one three-game winning streak this season. Again, that’s how difficult it was to win games in the Big East this season. Butler has the perfect opportunity with this tournament to get themselves ready for next season, and that begins on Wednesday with Butler.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) March 19, 2019
The Bulldogs aren’t listing any injuries for their Wednesday night matchup with Nebraska.
Butler has a road record of 2-9 this season and is hoping to end a two-game losing streak.
Junior guard Kamar Baldwin leads the Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game with a team-high five rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Baldwin drills 1.3 triples per game and has exceeded his scoring average twice in the last five games.
The Bulldogs score an average of 71.8 points and reels in 7.2 offensive rebounds, 25 defensive rebounds and 13.1 assists per game this season.
Nebraska Down to Seven Players in Big Ten Tourney
Nebraska had a good season, finishing with a record of 18-16 and a Big Ten record of six wins and 14 losses this season. KenPom ranks the Cornhuskers number 39 in the country with their strength of schedule as the fifth strongest in D1 Basketball this season. And, you were wondering about the Big Ten, were you? Nebraska had two lengthy losing streaks this season of seven and five games and also had two four-game winning streaks this season. And you thought the Big East was difficult, eh? Nebraska also hasn’t decided on what to do about Head Coach Tim Miles, so there is that to consider also. Either way, it’s good that Nebraska has another opportunity to play this season, and a win would surely be nice after their Big Ten season.
🆕 2019 NIT Rules 🆕
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) March 18, 2019
The Cornhuskers are reporting that sophomore guard Thomas Allen is questionable for Wednesday with an ankle injury and Amir Harris is out with a meniscus tear. Allen is the more significant injury of the two as he is averaging 30 minutes per game with 8.7 points per night.
Nebraska has a home record of 12-5 this season and are hoping to end a one-game losing streak.
Senior guard James Palmer Jr leads Nebraska in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game with 4.1 rebounds and three assists this season. Palmer knocks down 1.9 triples per game and exceeded his scoring average in four of the last five games.
The Cornhuskers score an average of 71.6 points per game and snare 8.9 offensive caroms, 26.5 defensive rebounds and drop 12.7 dimes per game this season.
- Under is 8-2 in Cornhuskers last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Under is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 vs. Big East.
- Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Nebraska might not have a fully healthy team, but that didn’t prevent the Cornhuskers from winning a couple of games in the Big Ten Tournament last week. Nebraska also has Palmer, who should be well rested and good for another big night. Nebraska also has senior guard Glynn Watson healthy and the pair will cause the Bulldogs backcourt fits on Wednesday night. Nebraska was 9-6 ATS at home this season and 6-4 ATS over their last ten games. Butler is 3-8 ATS as the away team and 3-7 ATS over their last ten games. Your “Cash with the Flash” pick is Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Prediction: Nebraska -5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
Nebraska has finished under the total 54 percent of the time this season and Butler has come in under the total in 48.5 percent of their games this season. Butler averages less than eight offensive rebounds per game and that should keep the Bulldogs second-chance points to a minimum. With Nebraska having so few able bodies, Miles may want his players to take the air out of the ball and that should also keep the scoring to a minimum.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with a total of 132 points and thought that might be close to how this game will end. Make “Cash with the Flash” by playing the under on Wednesday night.
Prediction: Under 140 Points