All about Nebraska vs. PSU

Nebraska star James Palmer Jr. was held to a season-low five points in an overtime loss at Penn St. last month.

Published on Sunday, 2/25/18, at 5:02 p.m. Eastern.

Nebraska owns an incredible 17-2 spread record in its past 19 games. The Cornhuskers have been nasty at home, winning 15 of 16 games with the only loss coming by just one point vs. Kansas. They have cashed tickets at a frenetic 12-2 ATS clip in Lincoln, winning outright in 10 conseutive home games while going 7-1 ATS (there were two unlined games during the 10-game winning streak).

Penn St. had been on a nice run, but it has now lost back-to-back games. The Nittany Lions clipped Nebraska 76-74 in overtime at home on Jan. 12, but that gives the Cornhuskers the revenge angle here.

James Palmer Jr, a transfer from Miami who has turned into a star for Tim Miles, will be amped to get even with PSU. Palmer endured one of his worst performances of the season at Bryce Jordan Center, scoring a season-low five points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field.

Palmer has scored at least 15 points in every game since. He is averaging 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game.

Another factor driving this play is the absence of PSU forward Mike Watkins, who is ‘out’ with a leg injury. Watkins is averaging 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game. The redshirt sophomore was the catalyst in the OT win over Nebraska last month, scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

There’s no way I’m turning down Nebraska once again laying a way-too-short number at home. This is a bad line. Let’s take advantage with a strong play on Palmer, Isaac Copeland and Co.

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