Northwestern vs. Wisconsin Pick
After being left off the initial top 16 seeds list for the NCAA Tournament, will No. 7 Wisconsin take its frustrations out on Northwestern today at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored at home today, as the Badgers are getting odds of -11.5 points against the Wildcats. The over/under total for the game is listed at 127.5 points. These two have split their last four meetings while Northwestern has covered in three of the last four in this series.
Wisconsin is on an 8-game win streak right now following a 70-69 OT win at Nebraska. The Badgers are 21-3 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten but still didn’t earn one of the top 16 spots in the NCAA Tournament as of Saturday. Wisconsin is 11-10 against the spread on the season and just 2-5 ATS in its last seven. The Badgers rely on defense, as they allow just 60.2 points per game while scoring 74.4. Ethan Happ is averaging 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to lead the team while Bronson Koenig is adding 13.9 points per contest.
Northwestern has dropped to straight, to Purdue and Illinois, to fall to 18-6 on the season and 7-4 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are 14-7 against the spread on the season and 7-3 ATS away from home. Northwestern puts up 73.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing only 64.6 on defense. When on the road, the Cats average and give up 69 points per contest. Northwestern has been without Scottie Lindsey as of late, the team’s leading scorer at 15.4 points per game. Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh are now the team leaders at 13.5 points per game each.
Wisconsin isn’t a team that has been beating up on opponents, having tough tests against Nebraska and Rutgers in recent weeks. Still, the Badgers are a reliable winner and they won’t slip up at home. Combine that with the injury woes for the Wildcats, who lost their last road game by 21 points, and I expect Wisconsin to win by a large margin tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WISCONSIN -11.5