Nebraska Cornhuskers at Maryland Terrapins – NCAAM February 17

7:00 p.m. ET – Nebraska at Maryland (-10.5) O/U: 134.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Nebraska +10½ (-110) +440 O 134½ (-110)
Maryland -10½ (-110) -590 U 134½ (-110)

The 5-13 Cornhuskers stay in College Park, Maryland again to take on the 12-10 Terrapins Wednesday night. Due to Nebraska having COVID-19 issues in the program over the past month it has led to these two teams playing in the same arena on back-to-back nights. Last night, Maryland pulled away from Nebraska late and won 64-50. The Cornhuskers were outplayed in every facet of the game, shooting just 33 percent from the field and an abysmal 28 percent from 3-point range. To make matters worse for Nebraska, they were outrebounded 42-26 on Tuesday night as well.

Nebraska Cornhuskers LogoNebraska is led by guard Teddy Allen who averages 16.6 points and 5 rebounds per game. Allen had 18 of the Cornhuskers 50 points Tuesday on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Nebraska pushed fifth-ranked team in the country to the brink last Friday, losing 77-72 to Illinois in overtime.

Maryland Terrapins LogoMaryland is led by guard Eric Ayala, who had 14 points on Tuesday evening. The Terrapins’ leading scorer in the previous matchup, however, was guard Aaron Wiggins who had 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Maryland handled Minnesota with ease on Sunday. before they did the same with Nebraska on Tuesday night.

Please Note:
The Cornhuskers carried the momentum of last Friday into Sunday, where they collected their first conference win of the season, 62-61, at Penn State. So despite their overall horrendous record this season, the Huskers are playing better basketball of late. The matchup last night was close going into halftime, before Aaron Wiggins’ big second half allowed Maryland to cover the identical 10.5-point spread. Maryland could get off to a slow start on Wednesday night, considering they will playing the same opponent as the previous night when they were able to coast to a large victory down the stretch. Nebraska, on the other hand, played a solid first half on Tuesday and likely will emerge from the opening tip with more fire in the belly. Pair that with the positive signs the Cornhuskers displayed in the two games prior to that and they should be able to carry momentum into this matchup and at least keep it close until the final whistle this time around. Take Nebraska and the 10.5 points in this one.
The Bets
Nebraska +10½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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