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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

Iowa Hawkeyes (12-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (14-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Sunday in Madison in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Wisconsin Badgers are off to a 14-0 start to the season and they opened their Big 10 schedule by pounding Northwestern on the road. Wisconsin is 1-0 against ranked teams this season and they have played the 25th ranked schedule. San Dekker is averaging 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds to lead the Badgers. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.6 points. Wisconsin is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Wisconsin is ranked fourth in the nation and have the number three RPI.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/5/14

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are 12-2 on the season and they are ranked 22nd in the nation. Iowa opened their Big 10 schedule with a home win against Nebraska and they have play the 112th ranked schedule in the country. Roy Devyn Marble is averaging 15.3 points per game to lead the Hawkeyes. Aaron Whie is averaging 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.9 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Zach McCabe is averaging 7.9 points. Iowa is averaging 87.1 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents are shooting 36.1 percent. Iowa is 0-1 on the road this season.

Wisconsin is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. Iowa is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven in their last seven Big Ten games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, 17-7 against in their last 24 games against a team with a losing record. The home team is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

Iowa keeps surprising me and even in their loss to Iowa State they played them tough and I believe they play Wisconsin tough here as well. 

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