The Indiana Hoosiers will look to pull off the big upset over the eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers when the two rivals square off in their Big Ten battle on Thursday night. With Wisconsin looking to extend their winning ways against Indiana, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their College Basketball Odds in this contest.
College Basketball Predictions – Indiana at No. 8 Wisconsin
Why Bet On Indiana
The Hoosiers (7-4 ATS) have won two straight and come into this matchup fresh off a 63-55 win over Maryland on Monday. Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis posted team-highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds in the win while going off midway through the second half by scoring 12 straight points. Jackson-Davis made his last six shots while Maryland went scoreless for just over six minutes while going 0-for-7 from the field. Race Thompson added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win while Aljami Durham added an identical 13 points. The Hoosiers have gone 0-2 on the road this season, but rank inside the top 100 across the board nationally in defense.
- Points/G: 71.8
- Field Goal %: 45.8
- 3-Point %: 32.7
- Free Throw %: 68.7
- Rebounds/G: 32.5
- Points/G: 64.5
- Field Goal %: 40.5
- 3-Point %: 30.7
- Free Throw %: 66.3
- Rebounds/G: 32.6
Why Bet On No. 8 Wisconsin
The eighth-ranked Badgers (5-5-1 ATS) had their latest scheduled game against the Penn State Nittany Lions postponed due to COVID-19. Wisconsin released a statement, stating the rescheduling of the game was “mutually agreed upon by both teams due to health and safety concerns.”
The Badgers did pick up an impressive 71-59 smackdown win over No. 21 Minnesota in their last contest on Dec. 31 to bounce back from its 70-64 upset home loss against Maryland in its previous game. Senior forward Micah Potter scored a team-high 18 points while adding 11 rebounds in the win over the Golden Gophers.
“That (energy) was lacking in the Maryland game,” Potter said. “I’m sure it was visible from where you guys are, where you watch the game. That was the biggest thing, just keeping the same energy that we had in the first half.”
D’Mitrik Trice and Aleem Ford both added 14 points for the Badgers in the win. Wisconsin held Minnesota to just 22 first half points before opening the second half with a 16-5 run that effectively put the Gophers away.
The Badgers have gone a near-perfect 8-1 at home this season while ranking a stellar 21st nationally in points allowed and 20th in field goal shooting defense.
- Points/G: 76.2
- Field Goal %: 46.6
- 3-Point %: 41.4
- Free Throw %: 74.9
- Rebounds/G: 33.1
- Points/G: 60.5
- Field Goal %: 37.9
- 3-Point %: 32.5
- Free Throw %: 73.1
- Rebounds/G: 30.1
Indiana Hoosiers (7-4) Vs Wisconsin Badgers (9-2)
- When: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
- TV: FS1
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Wisconsin has won two straight over Indiana and seven of the last eight meetings overall including a 60-56 road win last season. The Badgers have gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 4-2 ATS in their last six games. Indiana has gone 1-3 ATS in its last four games.
More importantly, outside of star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, i don’t think the Hoosiers have nearly enough offensive firepower to get past a Wisconsin defense that is as good as any in the country. Each of Wisconsin’s last three home wins in this series have come by at least 10 points with the Badgers recording an emphatic 84-64 blowout win in 2019 the last time they played in Wisconsin. I like the Badgers to pick up another double-digit win this time around.
Pick: Wisconsin 74 Indiana 64
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