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Indiana vs. Wisconsin - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wisconsin at Indiana
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Assembly Hall (Indiana)
Bloomington, IN
The Line
Indiana Hoosiers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 123.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers will travel to Assembly Hall (Indiana) to take on the Indiana Hoosiers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-8 (11-5 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats, 69-64, this past Saturday. Wisconsin had all they could handle on the road against the Wildcats, however, was able to pull away late after a Brad Davidson jumper gave the Badgers a 65-62 lead with 1:56 left in regulation. Wisconsin shot 45.5% from the field and outrebounded Northwestern by a 38-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Badgers was Ethan Happ who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 69.9 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Badgers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wisconsin has been led by Ethan Happ (17.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.0 spg), D’Mitrik Trice (12.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg), Brad Davison (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Nate Reuvers (8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.0 bpg).

Defensively, Wisconsin is holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Badgers have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Indiana Hoosiers lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 13-14 (4-12 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 76-70 in OT, this past Friday. Indiana had a chance to win at the end of regulation, however, Romeo Langford couldn’t hit a game-winning three-pointer and the Hoosiers couldn’t fight back in OT after a Tyler Cook FT gave the Hawkeyes a 72-68 lead with 1:10 left in overtime. Indiana shot just 22.2% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Iowa by a 46-38 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Rob Phinisee who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Indiana is averaging 70.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana has been led by Romeo Langford (17.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), Juwan Morgan (15.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.7 bpg), Justin Smith (7.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg), and Ajami Durham (7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Badgers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Hoosiers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Wisconsin has won 8 of their last 10 games and have been led by their defense that ranks 10th in scoring defense, 18th in defensive FG%, and 6th in turnover margin.

Indiana has lost 12 of their last 13 games and although their defense ranks 61st in scoring defense, the offense has really struggled as the Hoosiers rank 249th in scoring offense & 328th in 3P-FG%.

Indiana continues to struggle to pick up Big-Ten wins this season as although the Hoosiers have talent as they’ve beaten the likes of Michigan State, Butler, and Marquette this season, Indiana has lost their last 5 conference games at home. Wisconsin has been a nice surprise this season and between the fact that they’ve won the last 5 meeting against Indiana and that I think the Badgers defense will have no problem limiting an Indiana offense that is averaging just 60.6 ppg during their 5-game losing streak, I’m going to take Wisconsin to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Wisconsin Badgers -2.5

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