Northwestern vs. Wisconsin - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (13-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin Badgers and Northwestern Wildcats play Sunday night at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Wisconsin Badgers have won six straight games and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 74.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 53.8 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while Nigel Hayes is averaging 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Sam Dekker is the third player averaging double-digit points and Traevon Jackson is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The Wisconsin Badgers remain extremely balanced, especially offensively where they have six players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 75 percent from the line and 34.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisconsin is forcing 12.1 turnovers per game and are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep.
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The Northwestern Wildcats have won four straight games and play their second ranked opponent. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.8 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 58.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 11.7 points and 4.9 assists. Alex Olah is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Vic Law is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. The Northwestern Wildcats rely on their tough defense that’s forcing 11.3 turnovers and has allowed 61 or less points in five of their last six games. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 71.2 percent from the line and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Northwestern split last year’s meetings against Wisconsin.
The Badgers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Badgers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Northwestern and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The only above-average team Northwestern has played this season was Butler, and that resulted in a loss. Look for Wisconsin to win this game in a blowout.