Northwestern Wildcats vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 1/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern (+10)
The Northwestern Wildcats (6-6) head to Kohl Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Wisconsin Badgers (11-3). Northwestern opens this game as 10-point dogs. The over/under opens at 136.5.
Northwestern enters this matchup with a record of 6-6 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 77.9 pts per game (75th in the country) while hitting 45.0% from the field. The Wildcats are hitting 37.5% on shots from beyond the arc (107 of 285) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Northwestern is grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game and has earned 209 dimes on the year, which ranks 36th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 9.8 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.3 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per game and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. The Wildcats defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.1% (308 of 714) and they concede 35.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 295th in college basketball in giving up assists with 188 surrendered for the campaign. They are giving up 33.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 231st in college basketball in PPG allowed (72.2).
The Northwestern Wildcats faced the Iowa Hawkeyes and ended up losing by a score of 96-73 in their last game. Northwestern wrapped up the contest with a 41.5% FG percentage (27 out of 65) and converted 9 out of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wildcats buried 10 of their 14 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 26 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists in this contest while earning 3 steals and 2 rejections. With regard to defense, Northwestern allowed their opponent to shoot 41.5% from the floor on 27 of 65 shooting. Iowa dished out 22 dimes and had 2 steals for the game. In addition, the Hawkeyes had 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Iowa finished the game shooting 76.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 20 of their 26 attempts. They knocked down 10 out of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Pete Nance is a player who played a role in the matchup. He accounted for 16 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 30 minutes played and collected 9 rebounds. Nance finished the game shooting 58.3% from the floor and also earned 5 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in this game for the Wildcats was Boo Buie. He pulled down 2 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He shot 36.4% from the floor for the game by going 4-of-11 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Buie was on the court for 23 minutes.
Wisconsin has a win-loss record of 11-3 for the year. The Badgers have committed 15.6 fouls every game and they connect on 75.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 13.7 times per contest (160th in college basketball) and they turn it over 8.4 times per game. Wisconsin has 1,032 pts for the year (73.7 per game) and they collect 34.9 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Badgers are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which is 182nd in D-1. The Badgers are ranked 28th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 62.1. They have forced 12.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 39.7% from the floor (46th in D-1). The Wisconsin defense concedes 32.8% on 3-point shots (85 of 259) and their opposition makes 71.7% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 10.9 assists and 34.5 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 55th and 146th in college hoops.
When they last played, the Wisconsin Badgers took home the win by a final score of 60-54 when they played the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Badgers snagged 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for the game. They also turned away 9 shots while earning 10 steals in this contest. The Scarlet Knights had 19 fouls in the game which got the Badgers to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a clip of 76.2%. In the matter of three-point shots, Wisconsin made 6 of their 25 attempts (24.0%). Overall, the Badgers went 19 for 54 from the floor which had them shooting 35.2%. The Badgers allowed the Scarlet Knights to bury 25 of their 67 tries from the field which had them sitting at 37.3% in the game. They went 10.5% from 3-point land by connecting on 2 out of 19 and ended up going 2 of 7 at the free throw line (28.6%). When talking about rebounding, Wisconsin allowed Rutgers to snag 47 in all (17 on the offensive side).
Brad Davison was important for the Badgers in this matchup. He made 3 of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 25.0%, which had him sitting at 14 points. Davison snagged 7 boards in his 36 mins and accumulated 2 assists for the game. Someone else that played a role for Wisconsin was Aleem Ford. He notched 14 points in 34 minutes played by way of 5 out of 12 from the floor for this game. Ford ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wisconsin (-10)
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