Rutgers vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Will No. 22 Wisconsin cruise to another Big Ten victory tonight when the Badgers play host to Rutgers at 8PM ET?
519 Rutgers at 520 Wisconsin
Monday, December 3, 2018
8PM ET – Kohl Center
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Wisconsin is the clear favorite in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -12.5 points against Rutgers. The public betting currently has 66 percent going on Wisconsin as the favorite 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.
Rutgers drops conference opener
The Knights had a three-game win streak snapped this past weekend in a 78-67 loss at home to Michigan State to start Big Ten play. Rutgers is 5-2 overall, 4-3 against the spread and 4-3 with the under. They have failed to cover in three of their last five.
Rutgers has been struggling on offense this season, averaging 70.1 points per game while shooting just 42.2 percent from the field. Their free-throw shooting is among the worst in the nation at 57.5 percent. Defensively, Rutgers has been solid. The Knights are allowing just 59.6 points per game while holding opponents to 38.3 percent shooting. Eugene Omoruyi is leading Rutgers with 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while Geo Baker is adding 14.6 points and 4.9 assists per contest.
Badgers edge Iowa
Wisconsin kicked off Big Ten play with a 72-66 win at Iowa this past weekend. The Badgers are now 7-1 on the season, 5-3 against the spread and 4-3 with the over. Wisconsin is just 1-2 ATS in its last three.
As usual, the Badgers are being led by their defense to start the season. They are holding opponents to just 61 points and 39 percent shooting. That includes just 28.5 percent shooting from 3-point land. Offensively, Wisconsin is only putting up 74.4 points per game, but is shooting 42.1 percent from the arc. Both Ethan Happ and D’Mitrik Trice are each averaging 17.4 points per game to lead the team. Happ is adding 11.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Rutgers has covered the spread in four straight road games and in 16 of their last 21 Monday games.
The Badgers have covered the spread in seven straight Big Ten games and in nine of their last 10 following a win.
Wisconsin has been playing some good basketball. The Badgers already own sizable wins over Oklahoma, Stanford and Xavier. It now faces a Rutgers team that struggles to score on offense. That should play right into the Badgers’ defensive-minded hands. While Wisconsin isn’t a great offensive team, it can shoot from the arc and that should be the difference to allow them to cover today.
College Basketball Prediction: Wisconsin -12.5