Regardless of whether it seems like a Big Ten game or not, this is almost a must-win if Purdue wants to make a last ditch effort at the Tourney. So crack open a beer...it's going to be a late one tonight!
|Boiler Fans - let me introduce you to Nebraska|
Nebraska hasn't beat anyone in the RPI top-100 and will most likely battle Penn State for last place in the Big Ten. The Devaney Center is not a basketball mecca by any means, and remember that Purdue does have a true road win (against Clemson) this season. Also, while Nebraska typically starts 6-10 Brandon Ubel and 6-11, 314 pound GIANT Andre Almeida, Purdue is one of the few teams in the country that can match up height-wise. If the Boilers get either one in foul trouble and Ray Gallegos continues to shoot under 30% on his 8.1 3-pt attempts per game, Purdue should win in an ugly one.
Why Nebraska Will Win
Yes, Gallegos takes 8.1 3-pointers per game and only makes 29.9% of them. If they start falling tonight, Purdue's in for a real battle. Almeida doesn't have a lot of skill on the offensive end, but the combination of him and Ubel could force Hammons into foul trouble. On top of this, I haven't even mentioned the Cornhuskers' best player in Dylan Talley. Nebraska may not have any big wins, but their RPI is surprisingly good at 62. This is a sneaky team that has the capability of pulling this one out at home.
One thing you absolutely need to know before the game
This doesn't have anything to do with the game, but if you haven't read it yet, you absolutely must read the Deadspin story about Manti Te'o and how his girlfriend who died of Leukemia never actually existed. It was a big hoax and Te'o had to have been in on it (Right??? I mean, he couldn't have ever met her!). Funny how word of her "dying" happened right around the time the Heisman talk started to heat up. What a huge, lying, stinking piece of crap. From Notre Dame. Man I hate those guys.
Our Picks - We like to think we're better than Vegas. So throughout the season, we'll be "betting" a whole dollar amount versus the spread between $1 and $32, but we can't repeat the same value twice. The spread for this game is Purdue by 1.5.
Erik's Bet: $2
Erik's Pick: Purdue 55 - Nebraska 53
Kirk's Bet: $14
Kirk's Pick: Purdue 62 - Penn State 5 (edit: nice typo Erik, and boy was I close, Penn State didn't score ANY points against the Boilers tonight! Original prediction was Purdue 62 - Nebraska 57)
Erik +219 (14-4 Against The Spread)
Kirk -153 (6-12 Against The Spread)
Values already bet
Erik 2, 3, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32
Kirk 14, 15,16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32