The Robert Morris Colonials and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in college basketball action from the Kohl Center on Friday night.
Robert Morris Comes Up Short Vs. Towson
The Robert Morris Colonials come into this one looking to shake off a 66-62 loss to Towson, dropping the Colonials to 1-2 on the year. Justice Williams has 18.5 PPG and 3 APG through his first two games of the year, while Markeese Hastings is averaging a double-double per game for RMU with 15.3 PPG along with a team-high 10.7 RPG. Stephaun Walker has 13.3 PPG with a team-high 9.3 RPG while TJ Wainwright has 11.7 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Robert Morris so far this season. As a team, Robert Morris is averaging 63.7 PPG on 36.7% shooting from the field, 31.7% from three and 77.8% from the foul line this season.
Wisconsin Drops Back-To-Back Games
The Wisconsin Badgers come into this one looking to rebound from a 72-59 loss at the hands of Providence in their last matchup. AJ Storr leads the Badgers in scoring with 18 PPG while Chucky Hepburn has 13.7 PPG and shares the team lead in assists with 2.3 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Wisconsin up to this point in the year. Steven Crowl’s also added 9 PPG with team-highs of 6 RPG and 2.3 APG of his own to lead the Badgers on the glass so far this season. As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 78 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
I’m backing Wisconsin here. It’s not the greatest number to have to lay, but I just think there’s a bit of a discrepancy between level of competition played so far and even then Wisconsin’s had the much tougher schedule yet these two have the same record. I think Hastings will be a problem inside for a bit, but ultimately, I look for Wisconsin to swarm Robert Morris and bag themselves a win and cover in this one.