Wisconsin Badgers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Free NCAAB Picks - Odds and Predictions

Date: 
January 5, 7:00 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Wisconsin -1.5
Total: 
124.5

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-6) host the Wisconsin Badgers (9-7) in a Big 10 game that will take place at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey at 7:00 PM ET. Wisconsin are the 1.5-point road favorite with a total posted on the odds board at 124.5.

In their last game Wisconsin was at home where they knocked off Indiana 71-61. Ethan Happ was the high scorer for the Badgers with 28 points on 11/17 shooting and he also had nine rebounds. Collin Hartman came off the bench and was the high scorer for the Hoosiers with 18 points on 6/10 shooting hitting four of his eight 3-pointers. Wisconsin outscored Indiana by 13 points in the 2nd half to pull away. For the game they shot 48.9% from the floor while the Hoosiers shot 48%. The Badgers covered the spread as a 5.5-point favorite and the combined 132 points scored fell short of the 134.5 closing total line. Wisconsin is riding a 5-game winning streak, they are 2-1 in Big 10 play, and on the season, they are 1-2 on the road.

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Rutgers was on the road in their last game where they were crushed by a ranked Purdue team 82-51. Geo Baker was the high scorer for the Scarlet Knights scoring just 11 points on 4/12 shooting and only two players for the team scored in double figures. Isaac Haas was the high scorer for the Boilermakers with 14 points on 4.5 shooting and four of five starters for Purdue scored in double figures. Rutgers was down 21 points at the half and for the game they only shot 33.3% from the floor while Purdue shot 49.1%. The Scarlet Knights failed to cover the spread as a 19-point underdog and the total went Under. Rutgers has lost three in a row, is 0-3 in Big 10 play, and they are 10-4 at home this season.

Wisconsin ranks tied for 275th in the nation in ppg and 39th in opponents’ ppg and Rutgers ranks 273rd in ppg and 8th in opponents’ ppg.

Last season Wisconsin beat Rutgers twice.

This season Wisconsin is 6-8-1 ATS with an O/U record of 7-7-1 and Rutgers is 5-3 ATS with an O/U record of 3-5.

SAGARIN RATINGS

Wisconsin: 80.75
Rutgers: 75.11

INJURY REPORT

WISCONSIN

[G] 12/11/2017 - Kobe King is out for season ( Knee )
[G] 12/09/2017 - D'Mitrik Trice is out indefinitely ( Foot )
[G] 01/04/2018 - Brevin Pritzl is "?" Friday vs Rutgers (Concussion)

RUTGERS

NONE

Wisconsin vs Rutgers NCAAB Key Betting Trends

  • WISC is 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 road games
  • WISC is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against teams from the Big 10
  • WISC has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 road games
  • RUT is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games
  • RUT is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record
  • RUT has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games

Badgers at Scarlet Knights Prediction 1/5/18

Look Joe Public doesn’t lose every game and while more often than not I am anti-public on sides, until Rutgers can prove they can compete against Big Ten teams they are fade worthy. The Scarlett Knights have dropped all three games this season against conference opponents with the smallest losing margin being by 10 points.

Free Pick: 
Take Wisconsin -2.5 (CK)

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