Featured Video from Scott Steehn
No. 13 Nebraska takes on No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday afternoon in Big 10 quarterfinals action. The Cornhuskers shocked No. 5 Maryland, 69-61 on Thursday in second-round action. That came after a 68-61 win over Rutgers the day before. Now they have to face the Badgers off a double-bye. Wisconsin won the the only meeting this season on Jan. 29, 62-51 from Lincoln
Miles is having fun
Tim Miles might not return as head coach at Nebraska, but he’s setting himself up to coach somewhere else the way his team is fighting. His team was down to seven players against Maryland and they dominated them on Thursday, slowing the game down and holding the Terps to just 36 percent shooting. James Palmer Jr. scored 24 points to lead the way for the Huskers, while Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 on 6-of-12 shooting. Watson and Palmer played 40 minutes apiece. Palmer had just played 40 minutes and pumped in 34 the previous game against Rutgers.
The @Glynn_Watson30 Possession.
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) March 14, 2019
Palmer averages 19.7 points per game, 3.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds with 47 steals. In his last four games, he’s averaging 28.8 points. G Nana Akenten (suspension) and G Amir Harris (knee) are out. G Thomas Allen (ankle) has missed the last four games and is listed as questionable. The Cornhuskers average 71.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting (33.7% 3pt). They allow 67.3 points on 41.9 percent shooting (33.2% 3pt).
Long rest for Badgers
No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers earned a double-bye having won 11 of its last 14 games. This is not a team loaded with talent but they do have Ethan Happ, the 6-10 senior, who is nearly unstoppable down low. If you can’t handle him with one player, you have to double team Happ. That allows other players to step up like guard D’Mitrick Trice (11.9ppg) and Brad Davison (10.9). Davison had 13 points to lead the Badgers against Nebraska earlier in the season. Trice has struggled lately, averaging just 7.8 on 21.6 percent shooting over his last four games.
But Happ is the focal point on the team and the first three-time All-Big Ten honoree (first team) in history. He averages 17.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals. If you double him, his passing ability is what sets him apart from most big men. He was held to just 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Cornhuskers in the first game but had four assists. The Badgers average 69.6 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting (37.4% 3pt). They are known for their defense, allowing just 61.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting (30.9% 3pt).
- 6-1 ATS last 7 after an ATS win
- 5-1 ATS last 6 neutral site games.
- 5-11 ATS last 16 overall.
- 4-0 Under last 4 neutral site games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s been a nice ride but that comes to an end for Nebraska. Maryland just didn’t come to play on Thursday and the Huskers took advantage. Wisconsin is in it to win it. They aren’t just satisfied with a three or four seed in the NCAA Tournament. The fatigue has to happen at some point for Nebraska and it will be tough against a disciplined team that can wear you down.
Prediction: Wisconsin -7
Full-Game Total Pick
The first game totaled 113 points. These teams have played unders in five of the last seven games. Nebraska has to slow it down if Palmer and Watson are going to play another 40 minutes. The can’t go to the bench because they don’t have enough bodies. Wiscy has gone under in two of four but the two that went over both went overtime.
Prediction: Under 127