Without any tournament-like college basketball slates for the long haul, let’s shift back to back to reality with an enticing appetizer Monday evening. Which teams have an advantage in Nebraska-Clemson and Murray State-Alabama? Let’s break things down.
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Betting odds: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Clemson Tigers
- Spread: Clemson -3.5
- Over/under: 138.5
- Tip: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN2
Many will solely consider the Cornhuskers’ second-most recent contest against Texas Tech when handicapping this game, as the Red Raiders smothered Tim Miles’ unit to the tune of 21.7% shooting from behind the arc and a 21.2 turnover percentage.
But I consider that anomaly; Chris Beard’s group consistently ranks top 10 in KenPom’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency.
Nebraska has adopted position-less basketball, and it’ll present the Tigers plenty of defensive issues. The Cornhuskers have yielded the fewest Points Per Possession (0.70 PPP) and lowest Effective Field Goal Percentage (35.7%) in the nation early this season.