Saturday’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Texas Tech-Kansas, Nebraska-Illinois


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Feb 02, 2019, 12:30 PM EST

For most, this weekend is all about Super Bowl 53. But there’s no reason to forget about college basketball, as 17 ranked teams take center stage for an action-packed slate.

Among them, No. 16 Texas Tech travels to No. 11 Kansas for a critical Big 12 showdown. But before that one, Illinois and Nebraska square off in a duel of struggling Big 10 teams.

Which teams present more value in these two matchups? Let’s break them down.

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Betting Odds: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Illinois Fighting Illini

  • Spread: Nebraska -4
  • Over/Under: 144.5
  • Time: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • TV: Big Ten Network

Not only have the Cornhuskers (10-8 against the spread) failed to cover in seven of their past eight games, but they also lost their second-leading scorer Isaac Copeland Jr. (14.0 points per game) for the season to a torn ACL.

Copeland’s prowess for spacing the floor and switching on ball ball screens gave Nebraska loads of versatility, and the Fighting Illini (8-13 ATS) should be able to take advantage of his absence via their small-ball lineup. They’ve averaged 1.10 points per possession in their past two games against Maryland and Minnesota, respectively.

Illinois thrives off pushing the ball in transition (39th-ranked Adjusted Tempo) with its spread offense.