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The ​Big Ten Tournament gets underway Wednesday and the first game on the slate features two teams with the similar conference records but wildly different in-conference seasons.


The Nebraska Cornhuskers started off the year 11-2 with wins over Clemson, Creighton and Oklahoma State and were looking primed for a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. A seven-game losing streak in Big Ten play pretty much ended those hopes, but a couple of wins over ranked teams in Chicago could potentially change that.


Rutgers sits at 14-16 on the season, but won seven conference games, which is more than they've won the last two seasons combined. The last time Rutgers won seven games in any conference was all the way back in 2005 as a member of the Big East. 


In this first round matchup, Nebraska is a 1-point favorite with the winner moving on the play fifth-seeded Maryland. Before placing a bet, it's always smart to see what a few industry experts have to say about a contest.


Nebraska vs Rutgers Predictions


Scores & Stats

Scores & Stats likes the Scarlet Knights to win outright against Nebraska with a projected score of 80-72. They point to Rutgers having defeated Nebraska earlier in the season and that the Cornhuskers have lost four of five.

Cappers Picks

Cappers Picks is rolling with the Cornhuskers to win and cover the spread with a projected score of 72-67. They believe it'll be a close game that Nebraska is able to pull out by a couple of buckets. Nebraska's team profile of veterans is just superior to Rutgers at the moment, according to Cappers.


Doc's Sports

Doc's Sports thinks the Scarlet Knights cover the spread against Nebraska, but hints at a 1-point Cornhuskers' win. It'll be a close game between two even teams, which likely comes down to the last possession.

ESPN Basketball Power Index

ESPN's BPI doesn't think this will be nearly as close are the spread suggests, giving Nebraska a 72.7 percent chance of beating the Scarlet Knights. 


Overall, it's three to one in favor of Nebraska straight up, and two of three spread picks like Rutgers plus the points. 


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