Sunday, February 12, 2017
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The Northwestern Wildcats travel to Kohl Center to play the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The opening line for this game has Wisconsin as 10 point favorites.
The Wildcats come into this game with an overall record of 18-6 and a road record of 4-3. They are 14-6 against the spread and their over/under record is 7-14. The Badgers have an overall record of 21-3 and a home record of 13-0. They have an over/under record of 10-10 and they are 10-10 against the spread.
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Scottie Lindsey comes into this contest averaging 15.4 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Wildcats. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 86%. Vic Law averages 13.6 points per game in 31.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 6 rebounds per game for Northwestern. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Ethan Happ averages 14.5 points per game while playing 27.3 minutes per contest this year for the Badgers. He grabs 9.3 rebounds per game and has 2.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage currently is at 51%. Bronson Koenig averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.4 rebounds per contest and 2.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Northwestern averages 73.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 155th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 9.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 220th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 171st in the country. They average 38.3 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per game which ranks them 50th and 31st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 10.8 per game. The Wildcats allow 64.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the nation. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 55th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.1 rebounds a game which ranks 206th and they give up 11.9 assists per contest which puts them in 68th place in the country. They force 12.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 252nd in Division 1.
Wisconsin averages 74.4 points per game this year which ranks them 138th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 14.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 77th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 173rd in the nation. They average 38.5 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per contest which ranks them 45th and 102nd respectively. In the turnover department the Badgers rank 31st with 11.4 per game. The Badgers allow 60.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 241st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 30.1 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 9.6 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the nation. The Badgers force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 137th in college basketball.
The Wildcats average 69.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 62.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 1.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5 per contest. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 108.8 and they assist on 63.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 67.8 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Northwestern turns the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.5% while their offensive rebound percentage is 32.2%. The Wildcats give up 67.8 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 67.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Badgers score 79 ppg at home and they have averaged 64 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 6.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 24 points per game. The Badgers have a rating on offense of 112.6 and 53.4% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 65.1 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Wisconsin turns it over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 10.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 56.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 37.1%. The Badgers give up 55 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 57.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 14-6 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 7-14 against the over/under
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
The Wisconsin Badgers are 10-10 against the spread
The Wisconsin Badgers are 10-10 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
12/14/16 F Aaron Falzon Knee out for season
.02/11/17 G Scottie Lindsey Mononucleosis out indefinitely
Wisconsin Badgers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Wisconsin -10
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