Spread: Indiana (-6); Total: 141
January 10th, 2021. 5 PM CT. Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
My first preview of 2021. Not the best of matchups but a game where I believe there is value to be had as the Indiana Hoosiers travel to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-7, 0-4)
There are only 2 teams out of the 14 in the Big 10 that are genuinely bad, and Nebraska is the worst of these 2 teams. Nebraska currently resides at 0 conference wins and there is even a chance that Nebraska might not win a single conference game all year. Not including a near exhibition game vs Doane, the last Nebraska win against a “real” opponent was a 7 point win over South Dakota back on December 1st. The Huskers have lost their last 6 “real” games since then. The best player on this team is Junior transfer Teddy Allen who leads the team with 18.2 PPG and 5.1 RPG.
Indiana Hoosiers (7-5, 2-3)
IU is a bottom 6 team in the conference, but they are head and shoulders better than Nebraska. In fact, the Hoosiers really impressed me as they nearly upset #8 Wisconsin in Madison. They also had a nice victory over Maryland on Monday as the Indiana defense locked down the Terps offense and the Hoosier offense did just enough to pull away for the victory. When I refer to the Hoosiers offense, I am mostly referring to Trayce Jackson-Davis. In fact, there was nearly a 6 and a half minute stretch in the Maryland game where he was the only player to score for either team. He leads the Hoosiers with 20.5 PPG and 9.2 RPG.
Indiana is actually an impressive 6-2 as a favorite this season including 2-1 ATS on the road this year. Nebraska is 4-6 ATS overall this year, but they are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog. The last 2 games for IU should give them a little bit of a spark, and as with every other Big 10 team this season, playing Nebraska always makes you look good. Most importantly, the Cornhuskers have lost all 4 conference games by at least 7 points so this spread seems pretty low to me. Take Indiana -6
Matthew’s college basketball record 2020: 4-2