Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-7; 8-6 ATS; 6-8 O/U) vs. Michigan Wolverines (11-6; 4-10 ATS; 10-4 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00pm EST
Line: Michigan -9
The Michigan Wolverines will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten battle Saturday afternoon from the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Nebraska is coming off a 74-66 loss to Northwestern, and Michigan lost 85-69 to Illinois in their latest action. Michigan defeated Nebraska 81-68 in their lone meeting last season.
Nebraska’s Four Game Winning Streak Snapped
The Nebraska Cornhuskers struggled defensively in the second half in their 74-66 home loss to Northwestern last weekend. Nebraska shot 43% from the field on the night, while allowing 41 points in the second half, and allowed Northwestern to shoot 51% from the field. Tai Webster played well, sinking 17 points with six rebounds in the win. The senior guard has been very productive all season, averaging 17.7 points per game, ranking him fourth in Big Ten scoring. Cornhuskers second leading scorer Glynn Watson Jr. could not get his shots to fall in the loss, going 2 for 11 from field, finishing with six points. Watson Jr. leads Nebraska with a 43.3% efficiency from the field, and is now scoring 14.6 points per game. Nebraska had their four game winning streak snapped in the loss to Northwestern, and now sit at 3-1 in Big Ten play. They are currently placed at 86th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Nebraska is now averaging 71.4 points per game, ranking them 236th overall, and own a 42.3 field goal percentage. The Cornhuskers are now allowing an average of 70.2 points per game, placing them down at 140th overall.
Wolverines Offense Falters in Loss to Illinois
The Michigan Wolverines shot the ball well but struggled defensively in a 85-69 road loss to Illinois on Wednesday night. The Wolverines shot a solid 52.9% from the field, however Illinois was able to make 64% of their shots. D.J. Wilson was solid, scoring 19 points on 8 for 12 shooting. The junior forward has really turned it on after a slow start to the season, reaching double-digits in points in eight out of his last ten games played, and is now scoring an average of 10.8 points per game. Wolverines’ leading scorer Zak Irvin did not attempt a whole lot of shots, going 5 for 9 from the field for 10 points. Irvin has been playing good basketball as his ten points on Wednesday night was his lowest total since early December, and he has shot 50% or greater in five out of his last eight games. The senior guard is now scoring an average of 13.8 points per game. The Wolverines are now 1-3 in Big Ten play, and are putting themselves behind the eight ball early. Michigan will need to start recording some conference wins before it’s too late. They are currently ranked 46th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Michigan is now scoring an average of 74.4 points per game, ranking them at 170th overall, and are shooting 47.3% as a team. The Wolverines are now conceding an average of 65.1 points per game, good for 45th in the Nation.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600.
The Michigan Wolverines are:
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after an ATS loss.
I am siding with Nebraska in this contest. I have not been impressed with Michigan’s play as of late, losing three out of their last four games, and they have not looked good offensively. Nebraska on the other hand has looked good in Big Ten play winning three out of their four conference games, plus they are averaging 78.8 points per game over their last five games so they should keep this one very close. The Wolverines are 0-9 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and I think that trend continues in this one.