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Wisconsin vs. Wisc-Milwaukee - 12/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (6-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (6-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN HD

The Milwaukee Panthers will travel to the Kohl Center to take on the Wisconsin Badgers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Milwaukee Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improve to 6-3 (0-0 Horizon) on the season after defeating the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 64-51, this past Thursday. Milwaukee shot 40.7% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. The Panthers were outstanding defensively holding the Cougars to 33.9% shooting from the field and 13.3% (2-15) from three-point range. Milwaukee was outrebounded by SIU Edwardsville by a 43-34 margin however, did force the Cougars to commit 12 turnovers. Milwaukee was led by Matt Tiby who had 12 points and 8 rebounds. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Matt Tiby (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Austin Arians (13.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), and Akeem Springs (12.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 75.4 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 35.9% shooting form beyond the arc. The Panthers average 8.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.39. Defensively, Milwaukee is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 45.8% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

Wisconsin vs. Wisc-Milwaukee - 12/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers followed up their upset victory of the Syracuse Orange with a solid 76-60 victory over the Temple Owls this past Saturday to improve to 6-3 (0-0 Big 10) on the season. Wisconsin shot 45.8% from the field and 54.5% from beyond the arc in the in victory. The Badgers were outstanding defensively as they held the Owls to just 37.9% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc. Wisconsin committed just seven turnovers and outrebounded Temple by a 38-29 margin. Leading the way for Wisconsin was Nigel Hayes who had a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Badgers have been led by Bronson Koenig (15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), Nigel Hayes (15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.2 apg), and Zak Showalter (8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Wisconsin is averaging 71.9 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field and 31.7% from beyond the arc. The Badgers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Wisconsin is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting. The Badgers have a rebound margin of 8.8 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.

Milwaukee should be one of the better teams in the Horizon League this season and have two solid players in Matt Tiby and Akeem Springs. Wisconsin has a tough start to the season but has started to resemble a Bo Ryan coached team as of late with solid wins over Syracuse and Temple. Wisconsin has the best player on the court in Nigel Hayes and I believe the Badgers defense will be able to limit Tiby and Springs to cover this large home spread. Take Wisconsin to cover. 

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Wisconsin Badgers -11.5

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