Penn State Nittany Lions vs Nebraska Cornhuskers NCAAB Betting Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Nebraska Prediction 2/17/2024

The Penn State Nittany Lions (12-13) travel to face off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-8) on Saturday, February 17th. This game will be played at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln and televised on BTN. Nebraska is coming off a win in their previous game, while Penn State is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Michigan State. Tip-off is set for 12:00 ET.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Penn State Nittany Lions Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Coming into this game, Penn State is 12-13 overall and 6-8 in Big Ten play. They have lost two straight games, and their road record is just 2-8 this season, compared to 10-5 at home.

As the underdog, the Nittany Lions have gone 6-9 this season. They are 2-1 in their last three road games and 2-3 in their last five.

As the underdog this season, Penn State has an ATS record of 9-6 and an overall ATS mark of 12-13. However, their ATS record on the road is 5-5 and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Nittany Lions are 7-3.

This season, the over/under record for Penn State games sits at 15-9-1. So far, their games have averaged 149.4 points compared to an average over/under line of 145.9, resulting in an average margin of 3.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this year. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 149 points.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Are Coming Off A Win

Nebraska enters this game as 7.5-point favorites, and they have been excellent at home this season, going 15-1. They are currently on a nine-game winning streak at home, and their average scoring margin at home is +13.2 points per game. For the season, Nebraska is 17-8, including a 7-7 record in Big Ten play.

In their last game, Nebraska defeated Michigan by a score of 79-59. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 9-1, and their record over their last five games at home is a perfect 5-0. For the season, they have been favored in 15 games, going 14-1.

As the favorite this season, Nebraska has gone 11-3-1 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cornhuskers have an ATS record of 7-3. At home, Nebraska has been even better vs. the spread, going 12-3-1 this year and 8-2 in their last 10 home games.

So far this season, the over/under record in Nebraska games is 17-8. Today’s over/under line of 153.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 152 points.

Penn State Offense Breakdown

In their latest game, Penn State offense put up 72 points against Michigan State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.3% and made 12 threes. In terms of offense, the Nittany Lions have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 226th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 255th in percentage and 134th in three-pointers made.

Kanye Clary (G) 16.7 2.9 2.8
Adrian Baldwin Jr (G) 14.2 2.2 5.4
Qudus Wahab (F) 9.2 7.7 0.5

Nebraska Offense Breakdown

In their previous game, the Cornhuskers’ offense finished with 79 points, which is right in line with their current average of 77.3 points per contest. Offensively, the Cornhuskers have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 180th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 75th in percentage and 23rd in three-pointers made.

Brice Williams (G) 13.0 5.6 2.5
Keisei Tominaga (G) 14.0 2.0 1.1
Rienk Mast (F) 13.6 8.0 3.2

Penn State Team Defense

At this time, the Nittany Lions’ defense is positioned 208th in the country, permitting 73.6 points per game. The Penn State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 80 points and allowed Michigan State to connect on 12 threes.

Nebraska Team Defense

On the defensive side, Nebraska is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 70.8 points per game. Nebraska’s three-point defense is currently 231st in the country at 8.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.3% of their shots vs. Nebraska.

Nittany Lions vs Cornhuskers Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Penn State has a 4-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 70 points per game.
  • Across the Cornhuskers last three home games, the team averaged 67 points per game while allowing 80. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
  • Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Nittany Lions have a strong record vs the spread going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
  • The Cornhuskers have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 5-0 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.

Nittany Lions vs Cornhuskers Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Cornhuskers vs. Nittany Lions matchup, our bet is to grab the Nittany Lions at +7.5. Even though our projections have the Cornhuskers winning 75-69, we see the Nittany Lions as the play on the point-spread.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 153.5 and given that our model is projecting 144 points between the teams, we like the under.

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