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Northwestern Wildcats face Nebraska Cornhuskers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Northwestern WildcatsNebraska Cornhuskers
12-16March 01, 2014, 05:00 | Pinnacle Bank Arena16-11

Pinnacle Bank Arena will host Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Cornhuskers bring a 16-11 record (17-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-16 Wildcats, who are 9-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Nebraska go 10-16 so far and the Wildcats go 8-19.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats were listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Cornhuskers - Wildcats odds would favor the Cornhuskers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Nebraska is rated No. 116 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 264.

Northwestern was a 61-56 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Northwestern suffered a 61-56 loss against Indiana on Saturday, getting 19 points from Tre Demps in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Nebraska lost its last outing, a 60-49 result against Illinois on February 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. The Cornhuskers endured a 60-49 loss at the hands of the Fighting Illini on Wednesday, despite a 13-point effort from Terran Petteway at State Farm Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nebraska's No. 211 nationally ranked offense (67 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 30 at 63.71 PPG. The Cornhuskers have been averaging 42.75% from the field, more than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (39.82% on average).

A few Wildcats at Cornhuskers trends to consider:
Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Northwestern's last 12 games
Northwestern is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Nebraska is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games
Nebraska is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Nebraska's last 8 games
Nebraska is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern home to Penn State, Thursday, March 6th
Nebraska at Indiana, Wednesday, March 5th