The 19th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers have alternated SU NCAA basketball odds wins and losses over their seven games, but will have a great chance to record consecutive victories when they visit a Nebraska Cornhuskers team that is both, mired in mediocrity and doesn’t have much to play for except a high seed in the now, second-tier NIT tournament. Now, let’s find out if Purdue can win back-to-back games for the first time since late January.
How To Bet The No. 19 Purdue vs. Nebraska NCAAB Odds & TV Info
When: Tuesday March 1, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The Purdue Boilermakers
The Boilermakers (22-7 SU, 13-11 ATS) are coming off a hard-fought 83-79 win over No. 10 Maryland as a 4-point home favorite on Saturday. Prior to the contest Boilermakers’ senior center A.J. Hammons had a one-on-one chat with sophomore guard Dakota Mathias. “I gave him a pep talk,” Hammons said, “I told him, “Shoot it, don’t pass it.” That allowed me to get great position inside.”
Hammons scored a team-high 19 points and Mathias equaled his career best with 17 points to lead five Purdue players in double digit scoring. Guard Rapheal Davis and forward Vince Edwards each scored 11 in the Boilermaker’s second victory over a Top 10 opponent in 18 days.
“Obviously, Dakota played very well,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He was playing well enough today that we wanted to keep him in there. He and A.J. kept it simple and just made plays. When we don’t get ahead of ourselves, we are pretty good. “We got a little passive with our guard play, which allowed Maryland to get back in the game. We had played so well to build a double-digit lead. This was a big win against a very good Top 10 team.”
Why Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska (14-15 SU, 14-10 ATS) has lost three straight and four of its last five games including its heartbreaking 56-55 road loss against Penn State as a 1.5-point underdog. Shavon Shields scored a team-high 25 points for the Cornhuskers but missed a jumper at the buzzer to seal Nebraska’s fate.
The Cornhuskers struggled out of the gate, going nearly seven minutes in the middle of the first half without scoring while ending the half by making just four of their final 13 shot attempts. “I don’t know if I’d rewatch this game,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “It could be fatal because I liked the way we ended the game.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Purdue has won two straight and three of the last four meetings in this series, including their 89-74 blowout win as a 12.5-point home favorite on January 30. Looking at this pairing, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that Purdue will win going away. The Boilermakers average just over two points er game more than Nebraska while giving up almost four fewer points per game defensively.
Not only that, but Purdue is the better team when it comes to rebounding, free throw shooting and bench play. Having said that, it’s clear Purdue is the easy pick to get the SU win. If the spread stays at a reasonable figure, Purdue may still not be the pick to cover the college basketball betting line.
Purdue is just 1-4 ATS in is last five road games and 1-4-1 ATS in its last six Big Ten ballgames. Conversely, Nebraska has gone 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss.
The favorite in this rivalry is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, but I say be careful depending on the spread.
My final score prediction: Purdue 79 Nebraska 67