Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 3/9/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-21) are traveling to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they will meet the Northwestern Wildcats (14-15).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced off with Wisconsin and earned the victory with a final of 74-73 in their last contest. Regarding fouls, the Cornhuskers ended up walking away with 19 while Wisconsin accounted for 16 fouls. They knocked down 5 of 23 tries from beyond the arc. Wisconsin ended up going 80.0% at the free throw line by making 20 of their 25 attempts. Moreover, Wisconsin snagged 31 rebounds (11 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Wisconsin dished out 9 assists and had 7 steals for this game. When discussing the defense, Nebraska allowed 40.0% from the field on 24 of 60 shooting. They also distributed 8 assists for the game as well as forcing 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 24 with 5 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cornhuskers buried 11 of 14 attempts for a rate of 78.6%. Nebraska ended with a 53.7% field goal percentage (29 out of 54) and buried 5 of their 18 3-point attempts.
Alonzo Verge is a player who came through in this game. He finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor and totaled 6 assists. He played 31 minutes and also snagged 5 rebounds. He scored 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting.
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Nebraska will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 10-21 for the campaign. They turn it over 12.6 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Nebraska is grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 398 assists for the campaign, which is 171st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Cornhuskers are connecting on 32.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (221 of 686) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 73.4 points per outing (122nd in college basketball) while shooting 44.4% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Cornhuskers have forced 13.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 fouls. They are giving up 34.7% on 3-point attempts and they rank 348th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (78.8). The Cornhuskers are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (876 of 1,963) and they surrender 40.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 307th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 439 conceded on the season.
When they last played, the Northwestern Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 75-62 against Minnesota. The Wildcats earned 36 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 44 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while recording 3 steals for this game. Minnesota was called for 19 fouls for this contest which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They were able to make 16 of those for a percentage of 76.2%. When it comes to shots from beyond the arc, Northwestern knocked down 9 out of 23 tries (39.1%). In all, the Wildcats shot 25 out of 61 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.0%. The Wildcats allowed Minnesota to make 23 of 63 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.5% for this game. They finished shooting 33.3% from distance by hitting 7 of 21 and ended up going 9 out of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they rebounded, Northwestern permitted Minnesota to pull down 29 overall (3 on the offensive side).
Pete Nance was important for the Wildcats for the contest. He made 8 out of 15 for this game for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and accumulated 13 rebounds. He recorded 19 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood and added 3 dimes in this contest.
Northwestern has a win-loss record of 14-15 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 42.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 259th in the nation. Northwestern has scored 2,115 pts this year (72.9 per contest) and they pull in 36.0 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 15.8 times per contest (31st in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 9.7 times per game. The Wildcats commit 17.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 72.3% from the free throw line.
The Northwestern defense gives up 36.0% on shots from distance (241 of 669) and opponents are knocking down 71.7% of their foul shots. They surrender 14.4 assists and 36.3 total boards per game, ranking them 301st and 278th in those defensive categories. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 164th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 68.5. They have forced 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (112th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northwestern
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