Wisconsin Badgers (16-4) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-6)
As the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers gear up for their showdown on Thursday, February 1, 2024, fans and bettors alike are eagerly eyeing the odds on top betting sites. The Badgers, boasting an impressive 16-4 record, will take on the Cornhuskers, who are not far behind with a 15-6 standing. This NCAA Men’s Basketball game promises to be a thrilling encounter, especially with both teams showing formidable form this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers have had an outstanding run this season, winning four out of five games to post an impressive 4-1 record. Their offensive play has been particularly notable, averaging 76 points per game with an efficient field goal percentage of 47.7% and 3-point shooting success at 36.1%; additionally their defense has been outstanding with 34 rebounds collected per game on average; although their road game performance against the spread stands at 3-4 which could affect performance on their next away matchups.
Nebraska Cornhuskers have proven a formidable opponent this season, boasting a slightly lower win rate in their last five games (2-3). They outshone Wisconsin in terms of points per game at 77.2 while boasting an improved 3-point field goal percentage (36.4%) and defense with an average 38.1 rebound per game while excelling in assists and steals. Yet their performance against the spread in road games (2-5), shows potential weak spots that Wisconsin could exploit.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Game Info
|Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 8:30 PM ET
|Pinnacle Bank Arena
AJ Storr (Guard) vs. Keisei Tominaga (Guard)
A.J. Storr has been a consistent performer for Wisconsin this season, averaging 15.9 points on 44.4% shooting from the field in 26.9 minutes per game across 20 contests. The sophomore guard has shown the ability to stretch the floor as well, knocking down 31.6% from 3-point range. While not filling up the stat sheet in other categories, Storr contributes 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist to go along with his efficient scoring. He has turned the ball over just 1.5 times per game, demonstrating solid decision-making for a volume shooter.
Keisei Tominaga has been the driving force behind Nebraska’s scoring this year, leading the team at 13.6 points per game on 45.1% from the field and 37.2% from deep in 25.1 minutes per game over 19 matchups. The senior shows his long distance shooting prowess by taking 6.2 threes per contest. Additionally, Tominaga chips in 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. His ability to provide production across multiple categories while avoiding turnovers (0.9 per game) makes him a versatile weapon for the Cornhuskers’ offense.
This individual matchup showcases Storr’s superior scoring talents against Tominaga’s outside shooting and defensive prowess. If Storr can overcome his road game shooting woes, his high efficiency scoring may overwhelm Tominaga. However, if Tominaga can force some turnovers and convert transition threes, his multidimensional game could give Nebraska an edge. Both guards will need to exploit the opposing defense to give their team the best chance to win.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds and point spread for this game are yet to be determined, but analyzing the team stats and player performances can offer some insights. Given Wisconsin’s stronger overall record but weaker road game performance against the spread, the odds might slightly favor Nebraska, especially considering their home advantage.
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
The Badgers have been an intriguing team to wager on lately, covering the spread at just a 2-3 clip over their last five matchups. However, against the total, Wisconsin’s games have finished over the projected number in four of their previous five contests. On the road, the Badgers have been strong at covering when set as favorites, doing so in six of their last eight away matchups with set spread lines. The over has hit in nine of the Badgers’ last 13 games away from home.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
Over their last five contests, Nebraska has failed to cover in three games against set spreads. But in four of those five matchups, the Cornhuskers’ game totals have finished over the projected number. This indicates that while Nebraska may not consistently cover, there are plenty of points being scored in their games. Playing at home, an interesting trend appears for the Cornhuskers against the spread – as underdogs at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska has managed to cover in four of their previous five matchups with set lines.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 2/1/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistics and trends, this matchup is poised to be a closely contested game. Wisconsin’s overall stronger record is tempered by their road game performance against the spread, while Nebraska’s home advantage could play a significant role.
In terms of NCAAB picks, Nebraska might have a slight edge due to their home court advantage and strong offensive play. Prop bets on individual player performances, like points scored by Storr or Tominaga, could be interesting. The over/under market might lean towards OVER, given both teams’ recent trends.