Thursday, February 9, 2017
Bob Devaney Sports Center
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The Wisconsin Badgers travel to Bob Devaney Sports Center to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The opening line for this game has Wisconsin as 8.5 point favorites.
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The Badgers come into this game with an overall record of 20-3 and a road record of 4-2. They are 10-9 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-10. The Cornhuskers have an overall record of 10-13 and a home record of 7-5. They have an over/under record of 8-12 and they are 10-11 against the spread.
Ethan Happ comes into this contest averaging 14.7 points per game while playing 26.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Badgers. He pulls down 9.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 62% while his free throw percentage is currently at 51%. Bronson Koenig averages 14 points per game in 30.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 2.4 rebounds per game for Wisconsin. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Tai Webster averages 18 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per contest this year for the Cornhuskers. He grabs 5 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Glynn Watson Jr. averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Wisconsin averages 74.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 131st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 14.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 60th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 172nd in the country. They average 38.6 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game which ranks them 41st and 93rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 11.3 per game. The Badgers allow 59.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the nation. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 236th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 29.3 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 9.4 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the country. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 166th in Division 1.
Nebraska averages 71 points per game this year which ranks them 215th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -2.4 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them sitting in the 277th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 298th in the nation. They average 38 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per contest which ranks them 58th and 302nd respectively. In the turnover department the Cornhuskers rank 111th with 12.6 per game. The Cornhuskers allow 73.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 195th in the country. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 42% average from behind the arc ranking them 200th and 349th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 37.2 rebounds a game which ranks 257th and they give up 13.3 assists per contest which puts them in 172nd place in the nation. The Cornhuskers force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 109th in college basketball.
The Badgers average 68.9 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 61 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 8.7 per contest. The Badgers have an offensive rating of 113.4 and they assist on 53.9% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 65.1 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Wisconsin turns the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 56.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 37.4%. The Badgers give up 66 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 52.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Cornhuskers score 72.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 71.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -6.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 1.2 points per game. The Cornhuskers have a rating on offense of 101.4 and 44% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 47%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Nebraska turns it over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 10% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.2% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 34.2%. The Cornhuskers give up 71.1 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 77.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
The Wisconsin Badgers are 10-9 against the spread
The Wisconsin Badgers are 9-10 against the over/under
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 10-11 against the spread
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 8-12 against the over/under
Wisconsin Badgers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Nebraska Cornhuskers Injuries
12/28/16 G Anton Gill Knee out for season
11/12/16 G James Palmer Eligibility out for season
02/08/17 F Edward Morrow Foot "?" Thursday vs. Wisconsin
Tony's Pick: Take Wisconsin -8.5
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