Wisconsin vs. Northwestern - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (10-12) at Wisconsin Badgers (20-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost eight straight games and play their third ranked team. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 63.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 12.2 points and 4.5 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 11.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Alex Olah is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vic Law is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have six players averaging at least 5.7 points, and they’re shooting 73.6 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in four of its last five games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won five straight games and look for their ninth Big Ten win. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 74.4 points on 49.1 percent shooting and is allowing 56.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.7 points and five rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Josh Gasser is shooting 46 percent from the field. The Wisconsin Badgers have six players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 75.7 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Badgers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Wisconsin Badgers are head and shoulders the better team here, but they haven't been great ATS. Northwestern is a team that will put up a fight and should be able to keep this game closer than what the spread indicates.