Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+13)
Mackey Arena is the site where and the Purdue Boilermakers (7-5) will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-7) on Tuesday. Purdue opens this contest as 13-point favorites. The total is set at 142.5.
Nebraska heads into this contest with a mark of 4-7 so far this year. They average 74.9 pts per game (134th in the nation) while hitting 41.5% from the floor. The Cornhuskers are hitting 31.5% on three-point attempts (95 of 302) and 65.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Nebraska is pulling in 38.9 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 141 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 84th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.7 fouls every game. Defensively, the Cornhuskers are able to force 14.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They currently rank 317th in D-1 in giving up assists with 154 surrendered for the campaign. The Cornhuskers defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 42.2% (285 of 675) and they concede 39.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 32.1% on 3-point shots while they are 251st in Division 1 in opponents PPG (73.5).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced the Michigan State Spartans and took a loss by a score of 84-77 in their last contest. Nebraska ended the contest having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (27 out of 55) and converted 9 of their 19 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Cornhuskers converted 14 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 26 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 12 assists for the game while earning 4 steals and 2 rejections. With respect to defense, Nebraska allowed the other team to go 49.1% from the field on 27 of 55 shooting. Michigan State distributed 12 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Spartans had 28 rebounds (9 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Michigan State finished shooting 73.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of 26 shots. They made 7 out of their 23 attempts from long range.
Teddy Allen is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He accounted for 23 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He played 26 minutes and collected 6 rebounds. Allen finished the game shooting 55.6% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Cornhuskers was Trey McGowens. He snagged 5 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He shot 60.0% from the field for this contest by shooting 6-of-10 (20 points). When all was said and done, McGowens played 33 minutes.
Purdue has a win-loss mark of 7-5 for the year. Purdue has totaled 859 points on the season (71.6 per contest) and they pull in 36.6 boards per contest. The Boilermakers have committed 17.6 fouls every game and they hit 69.7% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Boilermakers are hitting on 46.1% from the field, which ranks 121st in the country. They are getting an assist 16.5 times per game (53rd in the nation) and they turn it over 13.3 times per game. The Boilermakers defensively are ranked 116th in the country in PPG surrendered with 67.3. The Purdue defense gives up 32.5% on shots from distance (102 of 314) and their opposition knocks down 67.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 15.1 assists and 29.8 total rebounds per game, which is 280th and 20th in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the floor (183rd in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the Purdue Boilermakers took a loss by a score of 66-58 when they played the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Boilermakers were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 32 for this game. They also rejected 4 attempts while recording 3 steals for this game. The Fighting Illini earned 15 fouls for this contest which got the Boilermakers to the free throw line for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 58.3%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Purdue converted 7 of 16 attempts (43.8%). In all, the Boilermakers walked away from this one shooting 22 for 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 39.3%. The Boilermakers allowed the Fighting Illini to bury 25 of 52 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.1% for this contest. They shot 35.0% from three-point range by going 7 of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 22 from the free throw line (40.9%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Purdue allowed Illinois to collect 36 in total (5 offensive).
Brandon Newman was important for the Boilermakers in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 11 for the game for a field goal rate of 45.5%, which earned him 14 points. Newman collected 5 boards in his 29 mins and accumulated 2 assists for this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Purdue was Trevion Williams. He notched 14 points in his 27 minutes played by going 7 of 14 shooting in this game. Williams ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nebraska (+13)
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