Nebraska vs Penn State Odds, Picks and Predictions for Big Ten Tournament March 10

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Updated: March 9, 2021

Nebraska has been among the worst teams in the conference at turning the ball over, rebounding and free-throw shooting, but actually has an edge vs. PSU in terms of shooting efficiency and defense.

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The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday and the second game on the slate is a matchup between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. 

Penn State is going through a rough season but oddsmakers have the Nittany Lions installed as 7-point favorites for this contest which will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

We bring you our best free Nebraska vs. Penn State picks and predictions for college basketball betting action on Wednesday, March 10. 

Nebraska vs Penn State odds

The early spread at some online sportsbooks opened at Penn State -7 with a total of 136.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions betting preview

Injuries

Nebraska: Akol Arop F (Out).
Penn State: None.

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Betting trend to know

Over is 5-1 in Cornhuskers’ last 6 overall. Find more NCAA betting trends for Nebraska vs. Penn State.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

Nebraska has been the worst team in the Big Ten, going 3-16 SU in conference play. That said, the Cornhuskers finished their regular season by winning two of the last four games, and, thanks to getting some lopsided lines, went 7-4 ATS in their final 11 contests. 

The Nittany Lions went 7-12 SU in Big 10 play but closed out their regular season by winning three of their last four games, including an 86-83 victory against Nebraska. That said, they failed to cover the spread as 6.5-point favorites in that game and lost outright as 11-point home faves against the Huskers on February 14.

Nebraska has been among the worst teams in the conference at turning the ball over, rebounding and free-throw shooting. However, when it comes to the most basic numbers, shooting the ball from the floor and defending opposing shooters, the Huskers actually have the edge versus PSU.

Nebraska shoots 41.9 percent from the floor while limiting foes to 42.4 percent shooting. Penn State ranks outside the Top-300 in both field goal percentage (40.7 percent) and opponent field goal percentage (46.7).

That discrepancy was highlighted in both meetings this season, with the Huskers shooting a combined 50.9 percent from the floor and PSU shooting just 36.3 percent. With how poor the Nittany Lions have been defending this season, back the Huskers on the spread.

PREDICTION: Nebraska +7 (-110)

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Over/Under Pick

In the two previous meetings between these teams last month, the totals couldn’t have been any more different. They combined for 169 points in Penn State on February 23, while totaling just 123 points on February 14. 

However, there’s reason to think that the first meeting, where Nebraska won 62-61, was an outlier. Both of these squads are absolutely brutal on defense, with Nebraska ranking outside the Top-250 in both scoring defense (74.3 ppg) and opponent two-point field goal percentage (52.4 percent).

Penn State ranks outside the Top-250 in scoring defense by allowing 73.2 ppg, while allowing opponents to shoot a scorching 54.3 percent from inside the arc. 

The Huskers also play at a very fast pace ranking 33rd in the country in adjusted tempo according to KenPom. With Nebraska 5-1 to the Over in its last six games, take the Over again. 

PREDICTION: Over 146.5 (-110)

Nebraska vs Penn State betting card

  • Nebraska +7 (-110)
  • Over 146.5 (-110)

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