Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 2/22/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-19) are headed to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday where they will take on the Northwestern Wildcats (12-13).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced Maryland and took a loss by a final of 90-74 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Cornhuskers ended up with 22 while Maryland finished the game with 24 personal fouls. They knocked down 4 of their 19 shots from beyond the arc. Maryland walked away from this one shooting 72.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 24 of 33 shots. On top of that, Maryland grabbed 33 boards (8 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Maryland recorded 13 dimes and had 9 steals in this contest. In relation to defense, Nebraska let their opponent shoot 52.5% from the floor on 31 out of 59 shooting. They also dished out 10 assists for the contest as well as forcing the other team into 4 turnovers and earning 1 steal. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned 30 with 9 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Cornhuskers knocked down 25 of 31 attempts for a rate of 80.6%. Nebraska ended with a 40.0% FG percentage (22 out of 55) and knocked down 5 of 17 three-point attempts.
Bryce McGowens is a player who was a factor in this matchup. He finished shooting 35.7% from the field and also totaled 1 assist. He played for 35 minutes and pulled down 3 boards. He ended up scoring 25 points on 5 of 14 shooting.
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Nebraska will enter this game with a record of 7-19 for the year. They are turning it over 12.9 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.5 fouls per contest. As a team, Nebraska is pulling in 33.6 boards per contest and has totaled 334 assists so far this year, which is 210th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Cornhuskers are hitting 30.7% on three-point attempts (179 of 583) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.6 pts per game (148th in the country) while connecting on 43.3% from the floor.
Defensively, the Cornhuskers are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 18.7 fouls. They are 285th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 374 surrendered on the year. The Cornhuskers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.5% (742 of 1,666) and they relinquish 41.7 boards per contest as a unit. They relinquish 34.9% from 3-point land and they rank 352nd in college basketball in opponents PPG (79.4).
The last time they took the court, the Northwestern Wildcats took a loss by a score of 77-60 when they played Minnesota. In regard to cleaning up the glass, Northwestern allowed Minnesota to grab 37 in all (5 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 47.8% from three-point range by hitting 11 out of 23 and finished the contest at 8 out of 12 at the free throw line (66.7%). The Wildcats allowed Minnesota to make 29 out of their 52 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 55.8% in this contest. Overall, the Wildcats shot 22 for 59 from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.3%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Northwestern knocked down 7 of 21 attempts (33.3%). They were able to make 9 of them for a clip of 50.0%. Minnesota committed 15 fouls for this contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. The Wildcats snagged 19 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 25 in this matchup.
Boo Buie was important for the Wildcats for the game. He buried 5 out of 11 for this contest for a rate of 45.5%, and totaled 3 rebounds. He earned 16 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and accounted for 2 dimes in this game.
Northwestern has a mark of 12-13 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Wildcats are connecting on 42.9% from the floor, which is ranked 251st in the nation. Northwestern has 1,842 pts so far this year (73.7 per game) and they pull in 36.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 15.8 times per contest (36th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 9.6 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 18.0 fouls per game and they connect on 72.4% from the free throw line.
The Northwestern defense gives up 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (201 of 556) and their opponents are converting on 71.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 14.4 assists and 35.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 304th and 240th in Division 1. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 162nd in Division 1 in PPG given up with 68.4. They are able to force 13.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (142nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nebraska
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