Rutgers vs Nebraska Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/3/24

Nebraska (20-9) vs Rutgers (14-13)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will fly out to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big Ten play this Sunday from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on the Big Ten Network. Nebraska comes in as 8.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 136.5. Stay tuned for our Rutgers vs Nebraska Prediction.  

Rutgers Preview: Scarlet Knights Seeking Sweep

Rutgers moved to 15-13 after beating Michigan at home, 82-52. The Scarlet Knights used a strong two-way effort to defeat the Wolverines, and they’ll try to complete the season sweep of the Huskers here in Lincoln. Rutgers is scoring 66.7 points per game, on 39.6% shooting, while allowing 65.9 ppg, and they’re currently 11th in the Big Ten with a 7-10 record in conference play. The Scarlet Knights are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’re 3-7 on the road this season. 

Rutgers Team Profile

  • Steve Pikiell’s squad has pushed the tempo a bit more in conference play, averaging 72.4 possessions per game (115th), but they’ve struggled to connect from deep, shooting just 29.5% from deep.
  • Junior guard Jeremiah Williams went for a team-high 19 points in the Michigan victory, and  Rutgers in scoring (12.9).
  • Bronx native Aundre Hyatt led the way with 17 points in the January 17th win over, and he’s second on the team at 11.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
  • Senior center Clifford Omoruyi grabbed 15 boards against Big Blue, and he leads the Scarlet Knights in rebounding (8.9), while scoring 11.0 ppg. 

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Nebraska Preview: Cornhuskers on the Right Side of the Bubble

Nebraska enters at 20-9 after losing to Ohio State in Columbus, 78-69. The Cornhuskers let the Buckeyes pull away in the second half, and they’ll attempt to get back into the win column this Sunday versus the Scarlet Knights. Nebraska is scoring 77.3 points per game, on 45.2% shooting, while allowing 69.8 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Big Ten with a 10-8 record in league play. The Cornhuskers are 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’re 17-1 in Lincoln this season. 

Nebraska Team Profile

  • Nebraska doesn’t mind using their shot clock offensively, averaging 71.5 possessions per game (185th), and they’ll shoot a respectable 35.9% from deep. 
  • Veteran guard Keisei Tominaga struggled in the Ohio State defeat, but he still leads Nebraska in scoring (13.9).  
  • Former Bradley center Rienk Mast recorded a 14-point double-double versus the Bucks, and he leads Huskers in rebounding (8.0), while chipping in 13.0 ppg and 3.0 apg. 
  • Charlotte transfer Brice Williams went for a game-high 22 points in the January loss to Rutgers, and he’s averaging 12.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg.  
  • Columbia native Juwan Gary led the way with 22 points in the Minnesota victory, and he’s up to 11.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg. 

Rutgers vs Nebraska Trends

  • Nebraska leads the head-to-head series, 10-9, but Rutgers has won three of the previous five meetings.  
  • RUT is 13-15 against the spread, with a 9-19 O/U record
  • NEB is 18-11 ATS, with a 18-10-1 over/under record.

Rutgers vs Nebraska Prediction

Nebraska fell to an underwhelming Ohio State team in Columbus, but they come into a manageable bounce back spot here against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have their eyes turned to next season, as they have two of the top recruits in Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper coming in, and with the Cornhuskers still on the bubble, this is a contest they need to win. Nebraska holds advantages on the offensive end, and although Rutgers can make games sticky, i do believe they’ll respond to the OSU defeat with a victory here. Respect Rutgers defensive approach, and tilt the number in Nebraska’s favor for this Big Ten clash. 

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