Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 1/21/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL
Welsh-Ryan Arena is the site where the Northwestern Wildcats (12-5) will try to beat the Wisconsin Badgers (12-5) on Saturday.
The Wisconsin Badgers faced Penn State and earned the victory with a final of 63-60 in their last contest. Wisconsin wrapped up the game with a 42.6% field goal percentage (23 of 54) and made 7 of their 17 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Badgers converted 10 of their 16 tries for a percentage of 62.5%. Concerning pulling down boards, they compiled 28 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 8 dimes for the contest as well as forcing 10 turnovers and getting 3 steals. With respect to the defense, Wisconsin allowed the other team to shoot 44.9% from the field on 22 of 49 shooting. Penn State earned 10 assists and had 3 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Penn State had 31 rebounds (4 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't have a block. Penn State walked away from this one shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe by converting 8 of their 11 tries. They knocked down 8 of 20 tries from three-point range. In reference to personal fouls, the Badgers left the arena with 13 while Penn State finished the game with 21 personal fouls.
Steven Crowl is one guy who played a role in this contest. He notched 21 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He played for 33 minutes played and also collected 11 boards. He ended up going 56.3% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists.
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Wisconsin enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 12-5 on the season. They average 66.6 pts per game (307th in Division 1) while hitting 42.6% from the field. The Badgers are hitting 36.5% on shots from downtown (144 of 394) and 66.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Wisconsin is pulling down 31.8 boards per game and is sitting with 203 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 328th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 9.1 times per game and as a group are committing 15.6 fouls every game.
On defense, the Badgers are able to force 12.8 turnovers every game while drawing 16.1 fouls. They are currently ranked 13th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 173 surrendered for the year. Badgers defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.2% (396 of 916) and they surrender 35.4 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 32.7% on shots from downtown while they are 31st in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (62.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Northwestern Wildcats took a loss by a score of 85-78 when they played Michigan. With respect to cleaning the glass, Northwestern allowed Michigan to collect 38 overall (10 on the offensive side). They finished the game shooting 45.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 of 22 and ended up going 17 of 24 from the charity stripe (70.8%). The Wildcats allowed Michigan to convert 29 of their 56 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 51.8% in the matchup. Overall, the Wildcats shot 27 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 42.2%. In relation to shots from downtown, Northwestern knocked down 6 out of their 23 tries (26.1%). They were able to convert 18 of them for a percentage of 75.0%. Michigan committed 17 fouls in the game which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for 24 tries. They also turned it over 8 times, while getting 11 steals for this contest. The Wildcats collected 20 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 29 in the game.
Boo Buie was important for the Wildcats in this contest. He racked up 22 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 assists for this contest. He made 8 out of 18 for this contest for a rate of 44.4%, and had 3 rebounds.
Northwestern has a record of 12-5 on the season. The Wildcats are committing 15.9 fouls every game while shooting 74.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 13.6 times per game (163rd in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.6 times per contest. Northwestern has scored 1,172 pts for the campaign (68.9 per contest) and they grab 37.4 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Wildcats are shooting 38.9% from the field, which ranks 354th in the country.
The Northwestern defense surrenders 34.8% from downtown (138 of 396) and their opposition makes 69.5% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.9 assists and 36.3 boards every game, ranking them 199th and 290th in college hoops. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 19th in college hoops in PPG given up with 60.8. They have forced 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 38.6% from the floor (13th in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northwestern
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