There is a belief that the way you finish the regular season will have a direct impact on how you perform in the playoffs. After all, there is a rich history of teams in every sport finishing the season strong and then going on to make a deep run in the postseason. Alternatively, there is also strong evidence of teams that looked great in the middle part of the season, only to end things on a losing skid that carries over into an early exit in the playoffs. This is sure to make fans of the Wisconsin Badgers more than a little nervous, as they have gone into a tailspin in the final couple of weeks of the regular season. While their stock may have fallen during that time, they still have the opportunity to finish strong by closing out the regular season with a pair of wins, before hopefully putting in a strong performance in the Big 10 conference tournament. They will try to make that happen starting on Thursday night when they welcome the Iowa Hawkeyes into Kohl Arena. Find out more about the updated NCAA basketball betting lines here.
In Depth Analysis On The Hawkeyes At Badgers Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
- When: Thursday, March 2 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Kohl Arena, Madison
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Watch ESPN
- NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
The Iowa Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8) have been a bit of a disappointment this season, but they are also a team that can pose a dangerous threat on any given night. Let’s not forget that this is a team that has picked up 3 wins against ranked opponents this season, including an impressive 83-69 win over Maryland in their last outing. They are coming into this one with back to back wins under their belts, and they will be looking to take advantage of a Wisconsin team that looks a little fragile right now. The odds seem to be against them, though, as they ae just 2-7 SU in road games this season, going 2-7 ATS in those games. A tall order for Iowa, but not totally out of the question.
Why bet on the Wisconsin Badgers
There are now some serious questions being asked of this Wisconsin Badgers (22-7, 11-5) team, as they have just 1 in in their last 5 outings. The rot started with a home loss, their first of the season, to Northwestern, and things have gone from bad to worse ever since. While this is certainly not the perfect time to be going into a nosedive, Wisconsin can still pull things out with a couple of wins to end the regular season, as well as a good showing in the Big Ten tournament. If they continue to flop, it could be an early exit when March Madness begins. The good news is that this team is 14-1 at home, and are 8-4 ATS in lined games at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I certainly don’t see this one going the blowout route, but I do think that the Wisconsin Badgers will get some of their swagger back with the win.
Iowa Hawkeyes 68 Wisconsin Badgers 72