Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Prediction
Can No. 23 avoid a letdown on the road tonight when they Badgers take on Northwestern at 8:30PM ET in Big Ten play?
739 Wisconsin vs. 740 Northwestern
Saturday, February 23, 2019
8:30PM ET – Welsh-Ryan Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Wisconsin is favored on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -6 points against Northwestern. The over/under total for the game is listed at 122 points. The public betting currently has 89 percent going on Northwestern at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Badgers struggling to cover
Wisconsin put an end to a 2-game losing streak on Monday with a 64-58 win at home over Illinois. However, the Badgers have failed to cover in three straight games. Wisconsin is 18-8 on the season, 10-5 in the Big Ten, 6-4 on the road, 14-12 against the spread and 15-10 with the under.
The Badgers are very strong on defense this season, allowing just 61.2 points per game while holding opponents to 39.6 percent shooting. Offensively, Wisconsin is putting up just 69.9 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. Ethan Happ is leading the team with 17.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. D’Mitrik Trice is adding 12.5 points per contest.
Wildcats in a free fall
Northwestern has really fallen off, as the Wildcats have dropped seven straight games following a 63-49 loss at Ohio State on Wednesday. The Cats are 1-6 against the spread in the seven games. Northwestern is 12-14 overall, 3-12 in the Big Ten, 9-5 at home, 11-14-1 against the spread and 16-9-1 with the under.
The Wildcats have been one of the worst offenses in the nation, averaging 66.3 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Northwestern is respectable. The Cats give up just 64.5 points per game while holding opponents to 42.4 percent shooting. Vic Law is putting up 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Derek Pardon is adding 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Badgers are 13-4 against the spread in their last 17 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win.
Northwestern is just 1-4 against the spread in its last five home games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.
Wisconsin dominated Northwestern on Jan. 26 with a 62-46 win at home. The Badgers aren’t a team that scores a lot of points, but that isn’t a problem against Northwestern. The Wildcats have scored more than 56 points in six of their last seven and that is likely to be the case again against Wisconsin tonight. The Badgers won’t need a big number to cover and they can get it as long as they don’t shoot incredibly poor.
College Basketball Prediction: Wisconsin -6