Hawkeyes vs. Badgers Prediction
The 21st-ranked Wisconsin Badgers play at a snail's pace and have one of the best defenses in the nation. Will that help lead tonight's home game versus the Iowa Hawekyes toward staying under the total?
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Kohl Center at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Badgers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 140 points. As of Thursday afternoon, 59 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Iowa. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Hawkeyes stumble against Scarlet Knights
Iowa lost by an 86-72 score at home Saturday versus Rutgers to fall to 21-8 overall and 10-8 in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes trailed 39-30 at halftime and continued to falter after the break. Iowa shot 20-of-56 from the field, 8-of-29 from 3-point range plus 24-of-36 at the free throw line. Nicholas Baer paced the Hawkeyes with 17 points off the bench on 5-of-15 shooting including 4-of-12 from 3-point range plus 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also pulled down six rebounds. Tyler Cook contributed 16 points and eight boards. Jordan Bohannon had 15 points, four rebounds two assists and two steals. Luka Garza added 10 points and two rebounds.
Badgers slip past Nittany Lions
Wisconsin earned a 61-57 home victory Saturday over Penn State to move to 20-8 overall and 12-6 in conference action. Brevin Pritzl led the Badgers with 17 points off the bench on 5-of-5 shooting including 4-of-4 from 3-point range plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also grabbed two rebounds. Ethan Happ added 14 points, six boards, five assists and four steals. Wisconsin outscored the Nittany Lions 35-24 in the second half after trailing by seven at halftime. The Badgers shot 22-of-55 from the floor, 5-of-13 from 3-point distance plus 12-of-18 at the charity stripe.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The over is 4-1 in the last five Iowa road games. The over is 19-9 in the last 28 Iowa games following an ATS loss.
The under is 5-1 in the last six Badgers home games. The under is 43-21-4 in the last 68 Wisconsin games versus Big Ten opponents.
If you look at all the Wisconsin scores in Big Ten play, this total seems a bit high. Yes, Iowa has a very efficient offense and plays at a top-100 pace. But the Badgers will likely set the pace on their home floor and frustrate the Hawkeyes out of their comfort zone. Look for this to resemble a typical Wisconsin game with the final score staying under the total projection.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: IOWA HAWKEYES/WISCONSIN BADGERS UNDER 140