Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 2/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Pinnacle Bank Arena is where the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-16) will meet the Northwestern Wildcats (10-10) on Saturday.
The Northwestern Wildcats took the court against Rutgers and took home the win by a score of 79-78 in their last contest. With respect to personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 17 while Rutgers finished the game with 18 personal fouls. They also made 4 of their 17 shots from 3-point land. Rutgers went 81.5% from the free throw line by converting 22 of their 27 shots. Additionally, Rutgers snagged 30 rebounds (9 offensive, 21 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Rutgers distributed 15 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. With respect to defense, Northwestern allowed the other team to shoot 45.6% from the floor on 26 of 57 shooting. They also doled out 18 dimes for the game while forcing 16 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In the matter of getting rebounds, they collected a total of 27 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 15 of 21 tries for a percentage of 71.4%. Northwestern ended with a 47.4% FG percentage (27 out of 57) and made 10 of their 31 shots from 3-point land.
Boo Buie is a guy who was a contributor for the contest. He left the arena with 18 points on 4 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins played and also totaled 4 boards. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes.
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Northwestern heads into this one with a mark of 10-10 so far this season. They cough up possession 9.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Northwestern is pulling in 36.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 336 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 41st in the nation in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 35.3% on three-point shots (163 of 462) and 73.0% from the free throw line. They average 75.3 points per contest (89th in D-1) while shooting 44.1% from the field.
Defensively, the Wildcats are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 251st in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 280 conceded this season. The Wildcats defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.8% (457 of 1,094) and they surrender 35.2 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 35.9% on three-point shots and they are 183rd in the country in opponents PPG (68.9).
The last time they took the court, the Nebraska Cornhuskers took a defeat with a final score of 85-79 when they faced Michigan. The Cornhuskers recorded 19 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 22 in the game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. Michigan committed 17 fouls in this matchup which got the Cornhuskers to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Nebraska knocked down 7 of their 18 attempts (38.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Cornhuskers finished shooting 30 for 59 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.8%. The Cornhuskers allowed Michigan to knock down 28 out of 60 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.7% for the game. They finished 13.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 2 out of 15 and ended up going 27 out of 33 from the free throw line (81.8%). In the matter of rebounding, Nebraska permitted Michigan to pull down 38 overall (11 offensive).
Bryce McGowens was important for the Cornhuskers in this matchup. He scored 24 points in his 38 mins on the court and totaled 1 assist in this game. He buried 10 of 20 for the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 6 rebounds.
Nebraska has a win-loss record of 6-16 so far this season. The Cornhuskers are committing 17.7 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.9 times per contest (203rd in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest. Nebraska has totaled 1,598 pts on the season (72.6 per game) and they pull in 33.7 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Cornhuskers are shooting 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 235th in college basketball.
The Cornhuskers on the defensive side of the court are 344th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 78.4. They are forcing their opponents into 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the floor (242nd in college hoops). The Nebraska defense surrenders 35.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (196 of 560) and their opponents are making 70.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 14.5 dimes and 42.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 306th and 356th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nebraska
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