The Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball program came into the season off a 12-19 season with head coach Tim Miles’ job in jeopardy as four key players transferred out of Lincoln, including leading scorer Tai Webster’s 17 ppg. But here they are with two regular season games remaining sitting 20-9 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten (11-5) on the verge of getting an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2014.
Perhaps what is most impressive about Nebraska from a Las Vegas perspective is they’re the best cover team in the nation, going 20-7 against-the-spread, which translates to +12.3 units. That’s almost $2 better than the next best investment with South Alabama and Virginia each tied at +10.4 units.
The Huskers have also consistently been a nice wager on the total with the Under, going 18-9, and also a great two-team, side-to-total correlated parlay, cashing in 14 of their 27 board games.
That’s 13-to-5 odds, or +260, cashing more than half the time. Nebraska parlayed to the Under, please.
What I find interesting about the Huskers season is how they’ve been able to stay under the radar so long. They don’t do anything outstanding on either side of the ball – shooting a pedestrian 43.6 percent from field, allowing opponents to shoot 42.1 percent – so their metrics haven’t caused a rapid increase in their ratings. Since the season began, their rating has jumped up only around 6.5 points.
Nothing was expected of Nebraska. They were picked to finish 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams before the season started.
They lost 72-66 at Illinois (+2) Sunday ending a six-game win streak and eight-game cover streak. They’ve now gone 16-2 ATS in their last 18. The Illinois loss is what supposedly dropped them into the “first four out” status among the bracket experts.
If Nebraska closes out the regular season strong they should merit an NCAA berth.
They get Indiana and Penn State both at home this week, a place they’ve gone 14-1 this season and 11-2 ATS.
They’ll be a fun team to watch in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Feb. 28, and then hopefully on to the NCAA’s – a place they are a woeful 0-7 all-time. Oh, last thing on Nebraska: Miles should be talked more about being Big Ten Coach of the year. One heck of a job he’s done this season.
William Hill sportsbooks are offering odds to win the 2018 MLB Home Run title with Yankee teammates Giancarlo Stanton (9/2) and Aaron Judge (6/1) being the heavy favorites. Not too far back are Vegas local boys given lots of respect. Rangers’ slugger Joey Gallo, from Bishop Gorman high school, is 15-1 followed by recent NL MVP’s of the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, from Las Vegas High and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant from Bonanza. Both are 20-1.