Tuesday College Basketball Betting Previews: Wisconsin-Xavier, Georgetown-Illinois

Nov 13, 2018 06:00 PM EST

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ethan Happ

A host of inter-conference college basketball series begin this week, including the Gavitt Games, which pits the Big Ten against the Big East.

Let’s focus on two of those contests (Wisconsin at Xavier, Georgetown at Illinois) to find some value within Tuesday’s college basketball slate.

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Betting Odds: Wisconsin at Xavier

  • Spread: Wisconsin -1.5
  • Over/under: 145
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox Sports 1

This duel should be one of the best matchups of the week, especially with preseason All-American Ethan Happ in the mix.

After Wisconsin (0-1 against the spread) failed to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, Happ returned to school and has continued to refine his game. He notched a triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) and 2 blocks in their season-opening win against Coppin State.

The Musketeers (0-2 ATS) have depth upfront, spurted by 6-foot-9 Tyrique Jones, but Happ’s ability to search for his own shot while finding the open man is uncanny. Wisconsin’s 3-point shooting is improved from last season (33.5%), and Xavier’s perimeter defense has taken a major hit without Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura.