Wisconsin vs. Indiana Pick
Two ranked Big Ten foes are set to collide today when No. 25 Indiana plays host to No. 13 Wisconsin at 7PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Indiana is the slight favorite in this game, as the Hoosiers are getting odds of -1 point against the Badgers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 140 points. The home team has won five straight in this series, but the Badgers are 3-1 against the spread in the last four meetings.
Wisconsin comes into today’s game on an 8-game game streak, including a 72-52 win in its Big Ten opener against Rutgers. The Badgers are 12-2 on the season and 7-4 against the spread. Wisconsin has covered in six of its last seven games as well. While Wisconsin has a respectable offense that produces 77.6 points per game, it is the defense that leads this team. The Badgers are holding opponents to just 58.8 points per contest. Bronson Koenig is averaging 14.1 points per game to lead the offense while Nigel Hayes is adding 14 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Ethan Happ is also chipping in with 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest.
Indiana comes into today on a two-game losing streak following a 77-62 loss to Louisville this weekend. The Hoosiers also lost their Big Ten opener at home, 87-83, to Nebraska. IU is now 10-4 on the season and 6-6 against the spread. Indiana is averaging 86.5 points per game this season while the defense is giving up 68.3 points per contest. James Blackmon Jr. is leading Indiana with 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while Robert Johnson is putting up 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.
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Indiana is favored today because it’s at home, but the Hoosiers have struggled in their most recent big games. It started with a loss to Butler and has been followed by the loses to Nebraska and Louisville. The Badgers have won their last 8 by at least 9 points and seem to be really clicking right now. I like Wisconsin to pick up a big road win tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WISCONSIN +1