Iowa vs Wisconsin Odds, Picks: Bet Badgers in Madison?
Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images. Pictured: Connor Essegian (Wisconsin)
Iowa vs Wisconsin Odds
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You’re not going to see a more intriguing matchup on Wednesday than the Iowa Hawkeyes going on the road to face the Wisconsin Badgers.
These two teams first met back in early December and overtime was needed to decide that contest.
However, this time around, we may see a winner decided in regulation, as something has to give between these two contrasting styles.
It will be strength against strength on one end of the floor, but which team succeeds on the other end will ultimately determine who winds up on top.
So, let’s dive into this matchup and see the best way to bet on this Big Ten clash.
The Hawkeyes are a prolific offensive team, and that’s shown by their rank of fifth in offensive efficiency. They’re a team built through a multitude of athletic wings and forwards who excel at converting looks in the paint.
However, their star is a threat from all three levels of the court, and his ability to stretch the floor will be critical in this matchup. Kris Murray is one of the most talented players in the country, as he can stuff the stat sheet on the offensive end.
Although Murray is one of the few Hawkeyes that can shoot effectively from the perimeter, he must prove he can drain 3s to draw the Badgers away from the paint.
If he’s cold from deep — like Iowa was in the first meeting — it will be a challenge for the Hawkeyes to generate looks inside.
They’ll have to contend with the size of Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl. While the Badgers have allowed their opposition to shoot over 60% from close range, I expect them to make an effort to force the Hawkeyes onto the perimeter.
This is the end of the floor that will make or break who wins this matchup. Unfortunately, the Badgers have struggled mightily on offense.
They enter this matchup 269th in effective field goal percentage and have only had consistent success from beyond the arc.
It just so happens that the Hawkeyes have proven to be vulnerable from the perimeter, as they’re 265th in 3-point percentage allowed.
Additionally, over a third of the field goal attempts they’ve allowed have been 3-pointers.
It will be critical for guys like Connor Essegian and Chucky Hepburn to get going from deep. Surprisingly, the 3s were not falling in the first meeting, and Wahl led the way from inside the arc.
However, if the 3s fall and Wahl is once again a factor inside, the Badgers could have another solid offensive night.
Iowa vs Wisconsin Betting Pick
The first meeting showed us just how evenly matched these two teams are, but this time around, the Badgers hold the edge.
First, they’re at home, which is a problem for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes have won just three road games this season.
Lastly, the Badgers will have more openings on the offensive end of the floor. Wisconsin will maintain possession, control the clock and likely convert more attempts than we’ve seen this season.
Back the Badgers to get the job done at home tonight.
Pick: Wisconsin ML -104 (Play to -120)
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