College Basketball Odds, Picks & Predictions for Wisconsin vs. Iowa (Sunday, Dec. 11)
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Wisconsin vs. Iowa College Basketball Odds
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Sunday evening will see Iowa face off against their third top-50 ranked KenPom team in the last seven days. Iowa looked terrible against Duke, playing what many thought was their worst game of the season. Most figured things only got worse once they lost Kris Murray to injury.
But against rival Iowa State, the Hawkeyes looked unstoppable. Iowa played amazing without Kris Murray, as they went on to win 75-56 over the Cyclones. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is riding a two-game win streak, posting wins over both Marquette and Maryland in their last two games.
Can the Badgers make it three in a row against top-50 ranked KenPom teams with a win over Iowa? Here’s everything you need to know about the college basketball odds for Iowa vs Wisconsin as well as our pick and prediction.
Wisconsin has played just nine games so far this year, six of which have finished with a final score within six points or less. The Badgers are 4-2 in those games so far after going 15-4 a season ago.
The Badgers defense has been top 25 nationally, holding opponents to just 59.8 points per game. Wisconsin ranks 66th when it comes to effective field goal percentage, holding teams to just 46.4%. Wisconsin’s defense becomes even more effective if they can control the pace in this game; the Badgers come in at 335th when it comes to adjusted tempo.
At the offensive end, Wisconsin has struggled, posting an effective field goal percentage of just 47.8%. However, if they can find success from beyond the arc, that could change quickly for the Badgers. Wisconsin is hitting at a rate of 37% from beyond the arc and averaging 8.7 made three pointers per game.
If they can maintain that against the Hawkeyes, it could be the deciding factor in this game.
The Hawkeyes offense has been one of the best in the country, ranking 12th when it comes to points per game at 82.4 per outing. They’ve been elite when it comes to both scoring and dominating the glass. However, many expected the offense to take a considerable drop off without Kris Murray on the floor against Iowa State. Instead, Iowa had one of their best performances of the season winning 75-56.
The Iowa offense stepped up without Murray and maintained their dominance as they have all season. I expect them to do the same against Wisconsin, as the Hawkeyes have held opponents to just 30.1% from three point range and 41.7% from the floor.
If Iowa can put on a performance like they did against the Cyclones, this game might get out of hand quick.
Wisconsin vs. Iowa Betting Pick
Iowa has won four of the last five against the Badgers, as well as the last two in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will still be without Kris Murray, but I think they might be even better without him. We will definitely know in this matchup after they outshined Iowa State, winning big in a rivalry game.
No team in the Big Ten is better than Iowa when it comes to scoring. However, Wisconsin will be the best defensive team the Hawkeyes have faced so far.
Despite that, though, the Iowa offense is one of the best in the country, and I think they can do enough here, even without Murray, to overcome this Badgers defense.
Back the Hawkeyes on Sunday night as high as a five-point favorite.
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