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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska NCAAB Odds and Preview – February 1st, 2024

By Hank Blaine

Big Ten-leading Wisconsin, up to No. 6 in the nation, looks for the season sweep of a good Nebraska team on Thursday night, but the Cornhuskers already upset No. 1 Purdue in Lincoln earlier this season. The game is a rare pick’em.

On Jan. 6, Nebraska visited Wisconsin and was routed 88-72. The Badgers never trailed while capitalizing on a 36-18 edge in bench scoring. Wisconsin shot 55% from the floor and went 13 of 26 from beyond the arc. Tyler Wahl scored 17 points to lead the way. The Cornhuskers shot 49.1% from the floor and 12 of 26 on 3-point attempts, but still trailed by double digits throughout the last 30 minutes. Thursday marks the 39th all-time meeting between the two sides. Wisconsin leads the series, 22-16, having won 16 of the last 22 meetings since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. In Lincoln, the series is tied up at 9-9.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Game Information

  • When: Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at 8:30 pm ET
  • Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
  • TV: BTN
  • Radio: Big 920 AM (Wisconsin) // B107. 3 FM (Nebraska)
  • Live Stream: Big Ten Network
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: Wisconsin (+1) // Nebraska (-1)

Why Bet on the Wisconsin Badgers?

Wisconsin (16-4, 8-1 Big Ten) has just one loss since then and enters off a very impressive 81-66 home win over Michigan State last Friday, UW’s third straight victory and finishing a sweep of the talented Spartans. Wisconsin point guard Chucky Hepburn held Michigan State’s leading scorer, Tyson Walker, to 11 points. Walker entered averaging 19.7 points per game.

“The players understand that you can’t let success change you in terms of how you approach every day, and how you work,” coach Greg Gard said. “Their goals are big and our jobs are challenging them and pointing out the things they need to get better at, and hold them accountable to it.”

Sophomore A.J. Storr scored a game-high 28 points, one shy of his career high. He has now reached double-figure points in 15 straight games and has hit 20 five times this year. Senior Tyler Wahl had six points and six rebounds in his 100th career win, becoming just the seventh Badger ever to reach the milestone. Junior Steven Crowl tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 45th of his career as UW improved to 11-1 at the Kohl Center this season and has won 10 in a row there.

Wisconsin reached at least 70 points for the 13th time in the last 14 games. On the season, UW is averaging 76.0 ppg, a mark that would be the team’s highest since averaging 86.3 in the 1970-71 season. Three Badgers are averaging double figures led by Storr at 15.9 points per game in his first season in Madison. He’s averaging 18.7 points in his last six games.

UW is 4th in the Big Ten allowing just 66.9 ppg and is 12-0 when holding teams to 70 or fewer points. The Badgers own a +5.5 rebounding margin this season, up from last year’s -3.4 deficit. Wisconsin leads the Big Ten shooting 77.6% from the free throw line. That ranks 16th in the NCAA and is on pace for the 2nd-best mark in program history.

Why Bet on the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

The Badgers are off to their best 20-game start since 2021-22 when they opened 17-3. This is the third time UW has won at least 16 of their first 20 games under Gard, including the 2021-22 (17-3) and 2016-17 (17-3) seasons. UW has started 8-1 or better in Big Ten play for the 3rd time in the last 9 seasons, doing so in the 2017 and 2015 seasons as well.

Nebraska (15-6, 5-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, 73-51 at Maryland – but the Huskers are fairly weak on the road. Nebraska was done in by turnovers, as the Huskers had 18 turnovers that Maryland converted into 25 points and were out-rebounded 43-25 on the glass. The 51 points were not just a season low, but the first time that NU was held under 60. Despite that, Nebraska enters the Wisconsin game averaging 77.2 points per game. It is NU’s highest points per game average since averaging 80.2 points per game in the 1995-96 season and would rank 10th on NU’s single-season chart.

One highlight of Saturday’s loss was C.J. Wilcher off the bench. Wilcher led NU with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers which matched a season high. Wilcher has emerged as a frontrunner for Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 9.1 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. Juwan Gary has missed the past two games due to injury and is a game-time call Thursday. He averages 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

Nebraska will be trying to knock off its second top-10 team of the season, as NU took down then-No. 1 Purdue, 88-72, on January 9. Nebraska will look to topple a pair of top-10 teams for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign and just the sixth time in school history.

Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

  • Wisconsin is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
  • Badgers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
  • The total went over in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 5 games.
  • Nebraska is 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.
  • Cornhuskers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games at home.
  • The total went over in 8 of Nebraska’s last 10 games.

Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Expert Prediction

Nebraska 70, Wisconsin 68.

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