Place Your Bets: Nebraska at Baylor (Mar. 7)

Shaun HartCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2009

Nebraska (17-11, 7-8) at Baylor (17-12, 5-10)

Sat. Mar. 7 at 4:00 PM EST

Spread: Baylor -6.0

Backcourt Advantage: Baylor

Senior guards Curtis Jerrells (16.3 PPG) and Henry Dugat (10.6 PPG) had high hopes this year of making the NCAA tournament, especially after getting off to such a great start (15-3, 3-1). Now the seniors are just hoping to get a win in their final home game.

Jerrells leads a deep and experienced backcourt, which includes junior Tweety Carter (11.5 PPG) and sophomore LaceDarius Dunn (15.0 PPG). The Bears are knocking down just over eight threes per game, so expect the long-range bombs to be flying in this one.

Nebraska is a guard-heavy team that likes to play at a slow, methodical pace. But typically the home team is better able to dictate tempo. The Huskers could find themselves playing out of their comfort zone in this one if Baylor is pushing the ball up and down the court.

Nebraska is 0-5 when giving up 70 points or more. Baylor is averaging 77.9 points per game this season and certainly won't be looking to slow things down in its home finale.

Frontcourt Advantage: Baylor

Senior forward Kevin Rogers (12.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG) should be able to dominate inside for the Bears on senior night. The 6'9" forward will have a size advantage inside against a Nebraska team that is usually playing with five guards, the tallest being 6'5" Ade Dagunduro, who leads the Huskers in rebounds, averaging only 4.4 per game.

Momentum: Even

Nebraska comes in fresh of a 16-point win in its final home game over lowly Iowa State. The Huskers are 3-7 on the road this season, but have lost their last three by an average of 15 points per contest.

Baylor will be pumped for its final home game and will be looking to get back to mid-season form. The Bears could be a dangerous team in the Big 12 tournament with their well-balanced attack of Jerrells and company outside and Kevin Rogers inside.

Look for the Bears to win this game and gain the momentum they need for next week's conference tournament.

Shaun's Pick: Baylor -6.0

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