Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats

In this crucial Big Ten game the Wisconsin Badgers are 1-point road favorite against the Northwestern Wildcats.  The over/under total is set for 130 points in this game.

Wisconsin enters the game as the 18th ranked team in the country.  They are 14-4 overall this year and 9-5 against the spread.  Wisconsin has won their last two games, both of which were at home to Indiana and Illinois.  Wisconsin beat the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday 69-60 as a 13-point home favorite.  It was the first game that Wisconsin lost against the spread in their last four games. The Badgers trailed at halftime 34-30 but played a real impressive second half leading them to victory.

Wisconsin relies on their defense to win games.  Wisconsin opponents are averaging just 56.6 points per game, which is 4th best in the country.  Wisconsin also does not turn the ball over as they are only averaging 8.1 turnovers per contest, which is best in the nation.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 13-5 this year and 8-4 against the spread.  They score 78.2 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the nation.  There defense forces teams to turnover the ball over at an average of 15 times per contest.  This will be they key stat in this contest, whether they can force Wisconsin to turn the ball over.  Northwestern has covered their last four games and have gone 3-1 overall in that span.  Northwestern is 3-4 in the Big Ten, although thy dropped their first three conference games.  A very key stat is that Northwestern is 8-1 against the spread at home.

Wisconsin is 4-2 this year in conference play.  They also hold a 4-2 record in games against the spread in the conference.  Wisconsin swept both meetings against Northwestern last year.  They won as a 3-point favorite at Northwestern 60-50 and won 70-63 as a 13-point home favorite.  Wisconsin has won eight of the last ten games against Northwestern.

I am going to play the Wisconsin Badgers in this game.  I feel that Wisconsin is one of the top teams and the nation and have too much talent to lose to the Northwestern Wildcats.  Laying 1-point will not be an issue, as Wisconsin should win this game handily.  I will stay away from the tal in this game as the bookmakers have it right.


Wisconsin Badgers -1 Northwestern Wildcats

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January 23, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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