The Indiana Hoosiers are 15 point underdogs in Wisconsin when they face the fifth ranked Badgers in front of a national audience on ESPN at 7 PM ET.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 19-2 this season, 7-1 in the Big Ten, 10-1 at home and 12-8-1 against the spread. The Indiana Hoosiers are 16-6 so far this season, 6-3 in the Big Ten, 2-3 on the road and 10-11 against the spread.
The Badgers have won nine of their last ten meetings with the Hoosiers and they have covered the spread in all but three of them. These total has fallen under the in all but one of their last four meetings.
Who – Indiana (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten) vs. No. 5 Wisconsin (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
When – Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.
Where – Madison, Wisconsin; Kohl Center (17,279)
TV Broadcast – ESPN (Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Allison Williams)
Live Stream – WatchESPN.com
Spread – Wisconsin -15
A Closer Look At The Indiana vs Wisconsin Betting Odds & My Final Score Prediction
The Indiana Hoosiers Can Cover The Spread If
They win the battle on the boards.
The Hoosiers can run and gun with the best of them and put up a lot of points in the process, but that won’t help this squad if they can’t win the rebound and turnover battle.
Indiana is averaging 80.3 points per game which is good for 13th nationally while converting a conference-best 40.2 percent of their three-point shots. Even with all of their weapons on offense, Indiana ranks dead last in the Big Ten in scoring defense (72.0 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (44.7 percent).
— IndianaMBB (@IndianaMBB) February 3, 2015
Further adding the woes for the Hoosiers is injury to forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea that has left them with no option but to use a guard-heavy lineup, swapping shooters in for size which is causing mismatches on the boards and leaving the squad to rely on pinpoint passing and perimeter marksmanship for its smallish lineup to have success against a bigger, badder Badger squad.
The Wisconsin Badgers Can Cover The Spread If
They can use their inside size to bully the smaller Hoosiers.
Troy Williams and Collin Hartman will be the key players for the Hoosiers and they’ll be tasked with defending Badger stars Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker. Kaminsky is averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while Dekker is averaging 12.6 points and five rebounds.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) February 3, 2015
Can the smaller players stick with the bigger Wisconsin forwards? I don’t think so. Kaminsky and company will will this game handily.
My College Hoops Final Score Prediction: Wisconsin 76 – Indiana 67