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Cornhuskers vs Boilermakers College Hoops Game Preview

Nebraska CornhuskersPurdue Boilermakers
March 8, 7:55 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds

12-17TEAM RECORD20-11

The visiting Cornhuskers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Purdue Boilermakers.

This game is part of the Big Ten Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Boilermakers currently sports a 20-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 16-13 ATS. The Cornhuskers are 12-17 and 9-16 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Boilermakers produce a 18-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cornhuskers have gone 13-11-1 against the number.

View Nebraska vs Purdue Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Boilermakers in this one, they're listed as 9.5-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Boilermakers - Cornhuskers odds would favor the Boilermakers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Purdue is rated No. 111 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Nebraska is at No. 250. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-62 win for the Boilermakers.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Purdue has the nation's No. 78-rated offensive output, at 72 PPG. The visiting Cornhuskers defense ranks No. 120 allowing on average 65.2 PPG. The Boilermakers FG% has averaged 43.9% so far, more than the Cornhuskers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Nebraska features the nation's No. 148-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.7 points per game. Purdue, meanwhile, comes in at No. 105 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Nebraska, they were an 81-69 loser as they battled Minnesota on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog. Bo Spencer scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Cornhuskers to a win (they lost 81-69 to Minnesota at Williams Arena on Saturday).

Last time out for Purdue, they were an 85-74 loser as they battled Indiana on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Purdue got 17 points from Lewis Jackson but lost anyway, 85-74, to Indiana on Sunday at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cornhuskers at Boilermakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Purdue's last 5 games
Purdue is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games