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1/18 Big Ten Preview: Ohio State at Nebraska

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Wednesday nights Big Ten schedule will feature two games on the Big Ten Network.

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So far in the Big Ten, we’ve seen the deepest group of teams in recent memory.

No team is safe when playing a conference game.

With three weeks in the books, every team in the conference has a loss, and only Rutgers is winless. Even the Scarlet Knights have been competitive in spots, hanging close with Northwestern and almost knocking off Iowa at home.

What makes everything more interesting, is that there really aren’t any runaway favorites to win the title. Fans can expect a great race down the stretch and an even better conference tournament.

As usual, Wednesday’s schedule brings a plethora of really good Big Ten basketball. In my eyes, there’s no better way to spend a week night than binge watching Big Ten hoops, complete with some new BTPowerhouse swag.

You can preview both of Wednesday’s games below. All betting odds are courtesy of Covers.com.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

-Ohio State Buckeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Time/TV: 9:00 PM ET - BTN
  • Covers Spread: Nebraska (-1)

The Buckeyes have vastly underachieved in Big Ten action, dropping four straight games until they beat Michigan State on Sunday. However, their conference record doesn’t do this team any justice, in truth, they belong in the top half of the Big Ten.

Following their triumph over the Spartans, it seems like the perfect time for Ohio State to make a run. With so much parity in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes could win their next four and no one would bat an eye.

Although, the Cornhuskers have a truly superb backcourt with Glynn Watson Jr. and Tai Webster, they recently lost their best big-man to injury. Sophomore Ed Morrow was ruled out indefinitely last week after hurting his right foot.

The injury didn’t slow them down much against Michigan, as they hung close in a 91-85 loss. However, facing Ohio State will be a much tougher challenge in the frontcourt.

Ohio State has two talented centers, in junior Trevor Thompson and freshman Micah Potter. Thompson is an absolute stud and Potter is improving each game he plays, the pair could have a huge impact against the depleted Husker frontline.

Look for Ohio State to get their 6-10 ATS record closer to .500 in this one.

According to KenPom, Ohio State ranks a respectable No. 56, while Nebraska is slightly behind at No. 83.

  • Pick Against The Spread: Ohio State

The Rest:

-Indiana Hoosiers at Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Time/TV: 7:00 PM ET – BTN
  • Covers Spread: Indiana (-3)

After a so-so non-conference performance, Penn State is proving themselves in Big Ten play.

Five games in, the Nittany Lions have already knocked off Michigan State and upstart Minnesota. It’s plain to see that their group of talented freshman are getting more comfortable with Division 1 basketball.

Although, they won’t reach the NCAA Tournament this year, the Nittany Lions are well on the way to college basketball relevancy.

Playing against Indiana will be a tough task for Penn State, as the Hoosiers are more experienced and itching to prove themselves.

Despite beating Rutgers in their last conference game, Indiana has struggled in Big Ten action. The program has dropped four of it’s six conference games, including back-to-back home defeats.

This will be a great opportunity for Indiana to continue building their resume, as Penn State is a Top-100 team in the KenPom ratings. Even though the Nittany Lions are playing well, this is a great spot for the Hoosier’s to lay a beat down.

  • Pick Against The Spread: Indiana

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Casey’s Record vs The Spread: 21-13