A pivotal match up between the Hawkeyes and the Badgers is our focus this Thursday.
While Iowa is not playing their best hoops as of late and while their ticket to the Big Dance looks in good order, a road win over a Wisconsin team that has won three of their last four games would give them a ton of confidence heading towards March Madness.
Iowa has lost two in a row and three of their last four games.
The Hawkeyes need to improve dramatically to get back into the March Madness calculations. They look good to make the tourney at 10-8 and 21-8l overall, and if they end the season well they can improve their seed in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa has not played the best defense this season, conceding 90 and 86 points in their last two games.
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While Iowa has lost three of their last four games Wisconsin has won three of their last four games. Still, those wins were against the bottom-feeders of the Big 10.
However, they are at home, and having beate Iowa on the road earlier this season they will have enormous confidence going into this match up.
The Badgers are led by a defense that ranks 11th in the nation only giving up an average of 61.6 ppg.
This season Wisconsin is 11-3 at home and Iowa is 4-4 on the road.
This season Iowa is 12-17 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 15-14 and Wisconsin is at 14-14-1 ATS with an Over/Under record of 12-16
Earlier this season at Iowa the Badgers beat the Hawkeyes 72-66.
While Iowa is only 2-5 ATS in their last seven games facing Wisconsin, they are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against them on the road.
Iowa had a game to forget last time out, losing 86-72 to Big 2nd Rutgers. The Hawkeyes only shot 35.7 percent from the floor while the Scarlet Knights to shoot 50.8.
Nicholas Baer more than doubled his season average to go for 17 points off the bench and starters Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon combined for 31 points.
Cook leads the Hawkeyes averaging 15.8 ppg and he has been decent as of late, but need some help in this game, especially against a great Wisconsin defense. Luka Garza ranks 2nd on the team in scoring on the season at 12.8 ppg and in the last two games he had totaled 16 points and he needs to be more assertive in the lane in the scoring department.
Wisconsin was at home in their last game beating Penn State 61-57 where they outscored the Nittany Lions by 11 points in the first half after being outscored by seven points in the first half. While the Badgers only shot 40% from the floor they held the Nittany Lions to 35.2% shooting and they forced 11 turnovers while only committing five.
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Brevin Pritzl more than tripled his season average to lead the Badgers with 17 points and Ethan Happ had 14 points and six rebounds and he is averaging a double-double on the season ta 17.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg, which leads the Badgers in both categories on the season. Trice had totaled 28 points in two games before only going for six points on 27 shooting ln the loss Penn State. Wisconsin is facing an Iowa team that has failed to cover the spread in their last six games.
Iowa Hawkeyes betting trends
- 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 road games
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Over record of 4-1 in their last five road games
Wisconsin Badgers betting trends
- 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Under record of 5-1 in their last six home games
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Odds Prediction
Not the easiest call in this game, as neither team has covered the spread in their last six games. However, the Badgers are at home and beat Iowa earlier this season in their house.
This game will be somewhat close, but at home Wisconsin will get the win and cover the spread.
Wisconsin at -7 with Bovada
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