Illinois vs. Nebraska
Basketball Betting Pick: Nebraska -3 -110 odds (February 12th 2014)
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Illinois is not a good road team and that’s an under statement. They are 2-5 on the road and are coming off a road win against Penn State, but they have not won back to back road games in 5 years. In road games this year they are shooting 35.3% from the field including 27.5% from 3. They only get to the FT line 12.9 times and are being out rebounded as well. I really do not see how Illinois can win this game unless Nebraska chokes.
Nebraska is not a great team by any means, but they have been a special team at home this year going 10-1. Their lone loss was against Michigan by 1 point. They recently beat Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio State. They shoot 47.2% from the field, 37.3% from three while enjoying nearly 7 more FTA, courtesy of the refs/home crowd influence and they +2.6 in turnovers and +1.9 in rebound margin. They play good enough defense to get the job done especially against an Illinois team that has struggled big time on the road to score points.