Monday College Basketball Odds, Picks & Predictions for Indiana vs. Nebraska (Jan. 17)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images. Pictured: Trayce Jackson-Davis.
- The Indiana Hoosiers (12-4) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-12) meet at 6 p.m. ET for a Big Ten conference basketball matchup.
- Indiana opened as a 8.5-point favorite, and that point spread has mostly held up across the betting market. The over/under, however, has been slammed, rising from 144.5 at open up to as high as 146.5 as of writing.
- The Hoosiers have split their last four conference games and are looking for stability in Big Ten play. Should you back them to cover a sizable spread against the Cornhuskers? Find out by reading on below.
Indiana vs. Nebraska Odds
-110o / -110u
-110o / -110u
Indiana hasn’t won a Big Ten game on the road this season, while Nebraska doesn’t have a win against a Big Ten opponent all season. One of those things will change Monday as Indiana travels to Nebraska to square off against the Cornhuskers.
It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. In their first matchup the Hoosiers cruised to a 68-55 win over the Huskers. It was also the fourth time the teams have opened league play against one another since the 2014-15 season.
Indiana enters the game coming off of an embarrassing second-half collapse to Iowa. The Hoosiers led the Hawkeyes 48-41 at halftime, but they couldn’t carry the momentum into the second half, getting outscored 42-26. That loss moved the Hoosiers to 0-3 in Big Ten road games.
Nebraska, meanwhile, is trying to break a five-game losing streak. The Cornhuskers have played four teams who rank inside the Top 25 during that span. Indiana isn’t currently inside the Top 25, but it did get votes in both the AP and coaches poll last week.
Monday’s matchup will be the 25th meeting between the two teams, a series in which Indiana leads 17-6. Nebraska is currently on a five-game game losing streak against Indiana as well. Will it be able to end two losing streaks, while also posting its first conference win and first win of 2022? Oddsmakers don’t think so, listing the Cornhuskers as an 8.5-point underdog.
The Hoosiers have been led by Trayce Jackson-Davis, one of the Big Ten’s top players who is averaging 19.3 points per game. He is also shooting at 60.6% from the floor. Along with points, he leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 per contest. Race Thompson is the only other Hoosier who averages double-digits in scoring. Thompson is second on the team in scoring and rebounds, averaging 10.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in steals with 1.1 takeaways per game.
On offense the Hoosiers rank 68th in the country, averaging 74.9 points per game. They have also been one of of the best at two-point shots, ranking 39th in the country, hitting 54.6% of attempts.
Indiana is one of the Big Ten’s top defensive teams so far this season. IU is holding opponents to 36 percent shooting and just 29 percent from three-point range. It is also the best team in the country when it comes to opponents’ effective field goal percentage, holding opposing teams to just 41.6%. Indiana is 26th in the country in points allowed, limiting opponents to just 62.2 points per game.
The Hoosiers’ biggest advantage has been their rebounding ability. Indiana has been out-rebounding opponents by an average of seven per game. But against Iowa in their last game, they had one of their worst rebounding performances of the season. And while they were only out-rebounded by four, the biggest concern is that it came against Iowa.
The Hawkeyes are one of the worst rebounding teams in the Big Ten, but not the worst. That would be Nebraska who ranks last in the conference in rebounding margin at -9.1. It is also one of the worst in the country, ranking 342nd in offensive rebounding percentage and 324th in defensive rebounding percentage.
The Hoosiers posted a rebound margin of +9 in their first meeting, something they’ll need to do again or improve on if they want to get their first conference road win of the season.
Nebraska is struggling, having won just two games since Thanksgiving. It hasn’t won a game since Christmas, and its best win this season came against Kennesaw State, who ranks 220th per Kenpom.
But as bad as it has been in the win-loss column, the Cornhuskers have two of the best guards in the Big Ten. Bryce McGowens and Arizona State transfer Alonzo Verge are among the top-20 scorers in the Big Ten with McGowens averaging 15.5 points per game and Verge not far behind at 14.0.
Indiana managed to limit both players in its first meeting on December 4. Verge scored 15 points, but he took 13 shots and also recorded six turnovers. McGowens scored just eight points.
On offense Nebraska ranks just outside the top 100 in scoring, averaging 73.4 points per game. But on defense it has been one of the worst, ranking 334th in defensive scoring, allowing opposing teams to rack up 79.2 points per game.
Indiana vs. Nebraska Betting Pick
Indiana has had issues playing on the road all season, but I think it will be able to get its first conference road win against Nebraska. Indiana is a much better team and Nebraska has been awful straight up and against the spread this season, currently at 8-10 ATS.
I’m laying he points with the Hoosiers