Last time out, the Indiana Hoosiers got absolutely run out of the gym by Penn State, 85-66, but now they get to face a polar opposite style of team from the Nittany Lions, the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin is also coming off of a loss, which came at home on Tuesday night to Michigan State.
The Badgers will again be without their leading scorer, Tyler Wahl in this one, so the No. 16 team in the country could keep falling in the Big 10. Wisconsin is 11-4 and 3-2 in conference, while Indiana is 11-6, but stuck in the basement of the conference with a 1-4 Big 10 record.
Here are the odds for this Saturday, Big 10 showdown:
Wisconsin vs. Indiana odds, spread and total
Wisconsin vs. Indiana prediction and pick
The Wisconsin offense just doesn’t have the firepower without Tyler Wahl on the court. Steven Crowl has to step into the role of a primary scorer and Chucky Hepburn becomes much more willing to hunt his shot without Wahl, both bad things for the Badgers. They’re still an excellent defensive team, 65th in defensive efficiency, but if they couldn’t score with Michigan State, I don’t see how they’ll keep pace with Trayce Jackson-Davis and IU.
Indiana is 25th in offensive efficiency and 75th in possessions per game, a much faster pace than Wisconsin wants to play. The Hoosiers had no shot against Penn State, the Nittany Lions just went bombs away from deep and hit 18 of 31 three-pointers. Meanwhile, Indiana went cold and just made four shots from behind the arc. Indiana is fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, so they’re not going to shoot it as poorly as they did earlier this week. This feels like a great bounce back spot for the Hoosiers at home.
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