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Jerry Palm
Jerry Palm
Jerry Palm was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket. After tracking it for more than 20 years, he understands the NCAA Tournament selection process as well as those involved in setting the bracket. When the BCS was created in 1998, Jerry brought that same statistical and analytical know-how to football. That continued with the BCS's evolution into the College Football Playoff. Now, Jerry is showcasing that expertise on SportsLine. For Jerry Palm media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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Wisconsin 73 @ Nebraska 65 | 01/27 | 10:00 PM UTC

Wisconsin -7.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Wisconsin has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the country this season, thanks in no small part to the emergence of Johnny Davis as one of the best players in the nation. The Badgers have been good on the road too, covering the spread in 7 of 8 games away from home. Nebraska is languishing in last place, but has been feisty at home. Look for Wisconsin to get back to its winning ways and cover again on the road.

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Purdue 83 @ Iowa 73 | 01/28 | 2:00 AM UTC

Iowa +2.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Purdue won the first matchup between this two, holding off Iowa 77-70 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers had a great deal of trouble with the Hawkeyes' press and Iowa was without the Big Ten's leading scorer, Keegan Murray. Purdue is going to need to play like it did at Illinois to keep this close, but the odds don't favor that.

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Michigan 53 @ Illinois 68 | 01/15 | 2:00 AM UTC

Illinois -9.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Maybe a break due to COVID-19 will be a blessing in disguise for Michigan. The Wolverines have been one of this season's biggest disappointments coming off an Elite Eight appearance a year ago. This season, they are just 7-6 and heading to Champaign to face the red-hot Illini. Illinois has won ten of its last 11 and they are doing so without stud G Andre Curbelo. This doesn't seem like the place you go to get your problems fixed.

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VCU 53 @ St. Bona. 73 | 01/15 | 12:30 AM UTC

VCU 125

LOSS

ANALYSIS: No conference has been hit harder by COVID-19 than the Atlantic 10, which has seen a very high number of its teams have to pause and a cancel or postpone games. The Bonnies played their first game in a month on Tuesday and showed a lot of rust in an overtime win at La Salle. Now, VCU visits as one of the hottest teams in the league and looking to stay in first place against the preseason conference favorite. I like the Rams to keep rolling.

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Nebraska 65 @ Purdue 92 | 01/14 | 11:30 PM UTC

Nebraska +20.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Purdue has one of the most explosive offenses in the country when its outside shots are falling, but that has not been happening as much lately. The Boilermakers have yet to beat a major-conference team by this many points unless that opponent was down multiple starts. Purdue is capable of covering this spread -- in fact, they are due -- but I'm not buying it until I see it.

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