Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 3/7/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+7)
The Northwestern Wildcats (8-14) play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-18) at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday. The spread on this contest has Northwestern as 7-point favorites. The over/under is set at 137.5.
Nebraska will enter this game with a win-loss record of 7-18 on the year. The Cornhuskers are shooting 33.2% on shots from downtown (205 of 618) and 63.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 69.8 pts per game (217th in college basketball) while shooting 41.7% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.1 times per game and as a team are committing 17.4 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Nebraska is pulling in 36.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 334 assists on the season, which is 92nd in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Cornhuskers are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 17.3 fouls. The Cornhuskers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 42.0% (658 of 1,567) and they relinquish 40.0 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 307th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 352 conceded for the season. They are surrendering 30.9% on shots from downtown and they are 275th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (74.1).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced off with the Iowa Hawkeyes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 102-64 in their last game. Nebraska wrapped up the contest with a 33.8% field goal percentage (22 of 65) and knocked down 12 of their 36 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cornhuskers converted 8 of 10 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 dimes in this matchup as well as creating 8 turnovers and getting 3 steals. With regard to the defense, Nebraska allowed the other team to shoot 51.4% from the floor on 38 out of 74 shooting. Iowa earned 25 assists and had 12 steals for the game. On top of that, Iowa pulled down 44 rebounds (8 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Iowa shot 62.5% from the charity stripe by converting 10 of 16 tries. They also made 16 of their 43 attempts from 3-point range.
Kobe Webster is one player who played a role for the matchup. He walked away with 17 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins played and totaled 2 rebounds. Webster finished shooting 50.0% from the field and earned 1 assist. Another guy that came through in the game for the Cornhuskers was Lat Mayen. He pulled down 13 rebounds in his 26 min played. He finished shooting 41.7% from the floor in the game by going 5-of-12 (14 points). In all, Mayen had 1 assist.
Northwestern has a win-loss record of 8-14 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wildcats are connecting on 43.4% from the field, which ranks 227th in college basketball. Northwestern has scored 1,561 pts for the campaign (71.0 per game) and they average 33.6 boards per game. They are earning an assist 14.6 times per contest (86th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.7 times per game. The Wildcats are committing 17.6 fouls per game and they connect on 73.5% from the free throw line. The Wildcats are ranked 189th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 70.5. They surrender 14.8 dimes and 35.9 boards every game, which is 293rd and 230th in college hoops. The Northwestern defense allows 32.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (174 of 530) and their opposition makes 72.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.9% from the floor (160th in the nation).
In their last game, the Northwestern Wildcats got the win with a final of 60-55 against the Maryland Terrapins. The Wildcats corralled 23 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 31 in this matchup. They also gave up possession 11 times, while earning 7 steals in the matchup. The Terrapins committed 13 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to make 10 of the free throws for a clip of 90.9%. In terms of three-point shots, Northwestern converted 10 of 29 tries (34.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats ended up going 20 for 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.4%. The Wildcats allowed the Terrapins to bury 21 of 50 attempts from the floor which had them at 42.0% for the matchup. They finished 34.6% from three-point range by connecting on 9 of 26 and finished the contest at 4 of 7 at the charity stripe (57.1%). When discussing rebounds, Northwestern permitted Maryland to collect 30 in all (4 on the offensive side).
Boo Buie ended up being a factor for the Wildcats in this contest. He buried 5 of 12 in this contest giving him a rate of 41.7%, and had 1 rebound. Buie scored 15 points in his 31 mins of playing time and had 1 assist for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Northwestern was Chase Audige. He ended up walking away with no assists in 26 minutes on the court, and he put in 5 out of 11 from the floor. Audige finished going 45.5% from the field as well as earning 14 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nebraska (+7)
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