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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been one of the surprise teams in Big Ten play thus far now standing 9-7 overall and 3-1 in conference play. What has really surprised many is what Nebraska has been able to do on the road beating both Maryland and Indiana in competitive contests in tough road atmospheres. The Huskers came up just short in their last outing however losing to Northwestern at home by a final of 66-74 to snap Nebraska’s 4 game winning streak. Nebraska knew they were going to be a work in progress this season with a number of underclassmen taking on larger roles, but the futures looks bright for this squad if they stay together. The Huskers have been led by veteran guard Tai Webster who’s averaging 17.7 points per game.
This veteran Michigan squad has been a disappointment in terms of their consistency standing 11-6 overall and just 1-3 in the Big Ten. Michigan showed back during the nonconference that they can compete with quality opposition, but the Wolverines have been tailing off as they’ve headed into conference play. Michigan was throttled in their last outing on the road against Illinois losing to the Illini by a final of 69-85. In their last home game the Wolverines were upset losing to a young Maryland team by a final of 70-77. The Wolverines like to play at a slower pace in the half court and this veteran group has been led by guard Zak Irvin who’s averaging 13.8 points per game.
Michigan continues to get a lot of respect from Vegas, despite not putting up very compelling results since the start of Big Ten play. Nebraska has been proving themselves on the road in Big Ten play and this is another chance for this group to play spoiler. We like the Huskers to keep things competitive as they go on to cover this large spread.
Nebraska +8.5 -110