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Wisconsin vs. UMass-Lowell - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass-Lowell Riverhawks (6-6) at Wisconsin Badgers (7-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Out at Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon, the UMass Lowell River Hawks will be taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in college basketball activity. 

Wisconsin enters this game with a 7-7 record overall. The Badgers have logged three straight wins, beating Western Kentucky, Green Bay and Chicago State. In that last game, Badgers forward Ethan Happ put up 18 points. 

Wisconsin vs. UMass-Lowell - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Happ is the leading Wisconsin scorer this year on 16.3 PPG, and the leading rebounder with 8.5 RPG. Also in double-figures for Wisconsin is Brad Davison (12.5 PPG), and D’Mitrik Trice is close on 9.4 PPG (10 games). 

Over on the UMass-Lowell side, they’re sitting at 6-6 this year. The River Hawks beat Boston University but lost to Central Connecticut in their last game. In that one, UMass-Lowell’s Jahad Thomas put up 21 points. 

Thomas is the lead UMass-Lowell scorer with 19.2 PPG and 8.7 RPG (also a team-high), and Matt Harris is second on 14.0 PPG. Also in double-digits for the River Hawks are Ryan Jones (11.3 PPG) and Rinardo Perry (10.7 PPG). 

The Badgers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five overall. Wisconsin is also 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. 

The over is 4-0 in the Badgers’ last four overall and 4-0 in their last four non-conference games. The over is also 9-1-2 in the Badgers’ last 12 home games and 4-1 in their last five Saturday games. 

Wisconsin has been pretty solid on the win column over the last three games, and they’ve scored at least 81 in each of those outings. The problem is that the Badgers haven’t exactly faced stout competition in that time, and I’m a little hesitant to trust them on a thick line such as this, especially with the River Hawks’ scoring capabilities. I’ll take UMass-Lowell for the cover.

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