Penn State vs. Nebraska Pick
Which team will open the 2017 Big Ten Tournament with a win today when Nebraska takes on Penn State at 4:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Penn State is the slight favorite on the road, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -2 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the game is listed at 141 points. Nebraska won the lone meeting this season, 82-66 at home on Feb. 14. These two meet tonight from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Penn State is the 13 seed in this tournament and the Nittany Lions have lost five straight coming into tonight. They are 14-17 on the season and went 6-12 in the Big Ten. They were 14-13-1 against the spread due to averaging just 72.3 points per game on offense while allowing 72.7 on defense. Away from home, PSU allows 77.9 points per contest. Tony Carr is leading the team with 13.2 points and 4.2 assists per game while Lamar Stevens is adding 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Nebraska is the 12 seed in this tournament after losing four straight to drop to 12-18 on the season and 6-12 in the Big Ten. The Huskers are 13-15 against the spread this season, having failed to cover in this four-game losing streak. Nebraska is averaging 70 points per game on offense while allowing 74.1 on defense. Tai Webster is averaging 17.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to lead the team while Glynn Watson Jr. is adding 13.1 points per contest.
Both teams aren’t exactly playing well right now, but Nebraska hasn’t been competitive. They have lost their last four by at least 15 points while Penn State managed to force OT with Purdue and only lost by 1 to Ohio State. I think the Nittany Lions are the better team and should be able to handle this poor Nebraska team.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PENN STATE -2