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Purdue vs Nebraska Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 10th Betting Odds
Boilermakers vs Cornhuskers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Purdue Boilermakers at Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Where: Lincoln at Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 10th
- Betting Odds: Purdue -8.5, PUR -416 | NEBR +312 O/U 139.5
Heading into the game, Purdue will be looking to stay undefeated as they currently have a perfect overall record at 9-0. On the road, the Boilermakers will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 3-0. So far, the Boilermakers have been favored 7 times, going 7-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Purdue as -8.5 point favorites.
Zach Edey comes into today’s game as the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 23.22 points per contest. Not only has Edey been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Purdue’s top rebounder at 13.33 boards per contest. Behind Edey, the team has benefited from the strong play of Fletcher Loyer who is second on the team in scoring at 12.11 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.9% of his shots and is adding 1.44 boards per game.
Through 9 games, Purdue has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Boilermakers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 39.1% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.74 made 3’s per contest.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers head into today’s game in what will be their 11th game of the season, posting a record of 6-4. So far this season, Nebraska has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. For the season, Nebraska has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cornhuskers being +8.5 point underdogs.
Nebraska will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer C.J. Wilcher who is averaging 11.4 points per game for the Cornhuskers. Wilcher is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cornhuskers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Keisei Tominaga who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.7 points per game.
On offense, Nebraska is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 10 games, they have only hit 32.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.37% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers -8.5
The Purdue Boilermakers will tip off their matchup over Nebraska Cornhuskers as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -8.5. Our analysis like’s Purdue’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Purdue and Nebraska are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Purdue, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Boilermakers don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.