Wisconsin vs. Marquette Prediction
Will No. 17 Wisconsin have any trouble with unranked Marquette this afternoon when the teams meet at BMO Harris Bradley Center at 2:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Badgers opened as a 1.5-point favorite but have been bet up to a 4.5-point fave versus the Golden Eagles this afternoon. As for the total, the number hit the board at 145.5 but has jumped a full two points to 147.5.
WISCONSIN KEY TRENDS: The Badgers are a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as a favorite, are 4-1 against the number in their last five games overall and have covered in four of five non-conference tilts as well. They're also 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games when listed as a favorite of between 0.5 and 6.5 points and have covered in 11 of their last 15 games coming off an ATS win as well.
MARQUETTE KEY TRENDS: The Golden Eagles have fared well at the betting window when playing the Big Ten, covering in five of their last seven games versus the conference. That said, they have struggled to cover at home, going just 10-26 against the number in their last 36 games in Milwaukee. They're also just 1-6 against the number in their last seven games when playing an opponent that owns a winning record.
OUR PREDICTION: The Golden Eagles will keep this game close thanks to their balanced scoring and excellent rebounding. Jajuan Johnson is averaging 14.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds, while Luke Fischer isn't far off that pace with 13.9 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Haanif Cheatham and Sam Hauser are also averaging double-digit points for Marquette, which has owned Wisconsin at the betting window. The Golden Eagles are a perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last five games versus the Badgers while the underdog is 14-3 against the number in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.
SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES +4.5