Iowa Hawkeyes at Wisconsin Badgers Betting Preview
A pair of Top 25 teams meet up on Thursday night when the Wisconsin Badgers host the Iowa Hawkeyes. Both of these teams have been slumping a bit of late, but each team will be a tough team to defeat in the month of March.
The Iowa Hawkeyes recently lost four of five games, but they responded by winning two straight. Iowa is 15-6 on the season, but they sit in fourth place in the loaded Big Ten Conference.
Wisconsin has gone just 3-4 in their last seven games, and the Badgers are looking for a signature win to turn their season around. The Badgers are now in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference and have gone just 9-6 in conference action.
The Wisconsin Badgers are slight one-point favorites at home over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Iowa Wants to Score
The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 87.4 points per game while also dishing out close to 20 assists per night. There are few better offensive teams in college basketball, and Iowa will be looking to push the pace in this game.
Center Luka Garza leads the way with more than 24 points per game, but teams have started to sell out to try and stop the big man. That will leave Jordan Bohannan and Joe Wieskamp with open shot opportunities, and both players are shooting better than 40 percent from deep.
Iowa has struggled on the defensive end of the floor, and that will need to get corrected before March. The Hawkeyes have plenty of depth, but they still need to find a way to lock in on defense.
Badgers Need to Control Tempo
If the Wisconsin Badgers are going to win this game, then they are going to have to control the tempo. Wisconsin is scoring just 70 points per game, but they are holding opponents to just 62 points per contest.
Wisconsin has been looking for more offense over the last few weeks, and three-point shooting has been a major issue. The Badgers are shooting close to 36 percent from deep this season, but they need to get hot again on Thursday night.
D’Mitrik Trice leads the team with 13.6 points per game, and he will need to take control of this game if the Badgers want to come away with the win. Wisconsin is not a very deep team, but they have some veterans that have played in big games.
Hawkeyes Come Away With Win
Both the Hawkeyes and Badgers could desperately use a win in this game, but Iowa is clearly the most talented team in this matchup. Iowa has been a Final Four contender since the beginning of the season, and now is the time for them to start that run.
Wisconsin just hasn’t found enough shooting of late, and they are going to need the offense to stay in this game. Look for Iowa to take control of this game in the second half, and they will simply have too much scoring for the Badgers.
Winning at the Kohl Center in Madison is never easy for visiting teams, but Iowa gets the job done on Thursday night. Bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes to beat the Wisconsin Badgers outright in this game.
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