Illinois Fighting Illini at Nebraska Cornhuskers – NCAAM February 12

9:00 p.m. ET No.6 Illinois (-14.5) at Nebraska O/U: 148.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Illinois -14 (-110) -1200 O 148½ (-110)
Nebraska +14 (-110) +800 U 148½ (-110)

The 13-5 Illini travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the 4-11 Cornhuskers Friday night. Illinois was last in action last Saturday, taking down then-No.19 Wisconsin 75-60 at home. Nebraska played that same Wisconsin team at home Wednesday night, losing 61-48. These two teams were scheduled to play on Jan. 13, but that game was postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases in Nebraska’s program.

Illinois Fighting Illini LogoIllinois is led by big man Kofi Cockburn, who averages 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The 7-foot, 285-pound Cockburn, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, has recorded a double-double in eight of his last nine games, proving to be a massive mismatch for Big Ten opponents in a conference where teams pride themselves on being physical.

However, guard Ayo Dosunmu leads the team in scoring with 21.2 points per game.

Nebraska Cornhuskers LogoNebraska is led by guard Teddy Allen, who is averaging 16.9 points per game this season. Allen has struggled mightily in his last two games, however, averaging just 7.5 point while shooting 25 percent from the field. He’ll need to play much, much better, particularly shooting the basketball, for Nebraska to have any chance of even keeping it close in this one.

A slumping Allen isn’t all the Cornhuskers have to worry about coming into this contest. Nebraska has been in an absolute free fall, losing eight games in a row heading into this mismatch. The Cornhuskers have gone 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, proving that even Vegas cannot figure out just how bad the Cornhuskers really are.

Please Note:
Illinois is headed in the opposite direction, playing its best basketball of the season and covering the spread in eight of its last 10 games. It appears that the COVID-19 issues within the Cornhuskers’ program, along with only winning four games this season, is beginning to wear on them. Illinois has always held high expectations this season.

Now, coming off six days of rest, the Illini should be focused and put an overmatched, slumping foe away early. Illinois just beat Wisconsin by 15 points, giving no one any reason to believe the Illini will not be able to handily defeat Nebraska on Friday night.

The Bets
Illinois -14

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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