College Basketball Predictions: Michigan Wolverines vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Michigan Wolverines vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Thursday, 1/9/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Michigan -4
Current Betting Line: Michigan -5.5
Opening Total: 136
Current Total: 134
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Michigan has won four games in a row, including a 74-51 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats as 16-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Wolverines have compiled a 14-14 road record in Big Ten Conference games over the last four seasons, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions. Offensively, the team is led by guard Nik Stauskas, who is averaging 17.8 points and has six straight double figure scoring games. Michigan is 2-0 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Wolverines rank sixth in the country in averaging just 9.4 turnovers per game, while they sit behind just 17 other teams in terms of connecting on 8.7 three-point field goals a contest. When Michigan scores 80-or-more points under head coach John Beilein, the program has compiled a perfect 25-0 record. The team is shooting 74.5 percent from the free throw line, while it has reached the charity stripe 15-or-more times in 12 contests during the 2013-14 campaign.
Nebraska will look to put an end to a three-game losing streak, as it comes off an 84-53 defeat to the Michigan Wolverines as 15.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 130. The Cornhuskers are looking to extend their home winning streak to 10 games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. The program is 2-8 SU all-time in this series, with Michigan being ranked in national polls in five of those affairs. Nebraska is 4-1 SUATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Cornhuskers are averaging 69.7 points per game, with eight of 10 regular players reaching double figures at least once this season. Nebraska is receiving 21.9 points and 14.6 rebounds per game from its bench, with Deverell Biggs and Leslee Smith providing much of the punch off the bench. The unit has outscored its opponents in eight of 12 contests.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cornhuskers due to the Wolverines being 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games.
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