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#637 Northwestern vs.
#638 Nebraska
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-10, 3-6 Big Ten) will be going for their second consecutive home win when they face the Northwestern Wildcats (13-5, 4-3 Big Ten) on Wednesday night. The Wildcats are coming off a 66-63 win over Wisconsin as 2.5-point favorites. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 76-65 loss to Penn State as 8.5-point underdogs.

Northwestern is 8-2 in its last 10 games against Nebraska.

Wildcats Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Wildcats snapped their two-game losing streak with a win over the Badgers in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Cornhuskers, which will give them their second win in a row and fourth win in their last six games.

Northwestern is averaging 68.8 points per game. They scored 66 points in their last game, making 43.1 percent of their field goals and 37.5 percent of their three-pointers.

Boo Buie led the Wildcats with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Chase Audige finished with 16 points and three rebounds, while Brooks Barnhizer added nine points and five rebounds.

Northwestern has played well defensively, giving up 60.9 points per game. They gave up 63 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.

Ty Berry (Ankle) and Julian Roper II (Ankle) are questionable for this game.

Cornhuskers Trying To Bounce Back From Loss

The Cornhuskers followed up their win over Ohio State with a loss to the Nittany Lions in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Wildcats, which will give them their second win in their last three games.

Nebraska is averaging 66.2 points per game. They scored 65 points in their last game, making 45.1 percent of their field goals and 27.3 percent of their three-pointers.

Derrick Walker led Nebraska with 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Keisei Tominaga finished with 13 points and three rebounds, while Sam Griesel added 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Nebraska has played well defensively, giving up 67.3 points per game. They gave up 76 points in their last game and will need a better performance if they want to win this game.

Blaise Keita (Ankle) is questionable for this game. Emmanuel Bandoumel (Knee) has been ruled out for the season.

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The Wildcats have won eight of their last 11 games. They aren’t very good offensively, but they play better at home where they are scoring more than 69 points per game. They’ve taken advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe, making over 74 percent of their free throws. They are very aggressive on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring opportunities, and they don’t turn the ball over a lot. The Cornhuskers usually play well defensively, but they struggled in recent games, giving up at least 73 points in five of their last six games, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Wildcats in this game.

The Cornhuskers have lost four of their last six games. They aren’t very good offensively, but they play better at home where they are scoring more than 71 points per game. They have struggled at the charity stripe, making less than 70 percent of their free throws. They don’t rebound the ball as well as the Wildcats and won’t get a lot of extra-scoring chances against them. They’ve also been careless with the ball, which will lead to easy-scoring opportunities for the Wildcats, who average more than 10 steals per game on the road. With Northwestern holding opponents under 65 points per game on the road, the Cornhuskers will struggle offensively in this game, so go with Northwestern to cover the spread.

Prediction: Northwestern Wildcats -1

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The Wildcats are averaging 68.8 points per game and 69.2 points per game on the road. They averaged 78.3 points per game in their last three games against the Cornhuskers. They play at a slow pace, averaging 69.3 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 63.1 points per game at home, so expect them to be held under their average in this game. The Cornhuskers are averaging 66.2 points per game and 71.1 points per game at home. They averaged 65.6 points per game in their last three games against the Wildcats. They play at a similar pace, averaging 69.1 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 64.8 points per game on the road, so don’t expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Cornhuskers and Wildcats played under the total in six of their last nine meetings.

Prediction: Under 130.5
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