College Basketball Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Sunday, 1/5/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -7
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -6.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Iowa Hawkeyes have played the Wisconsin Badgers tough in recent years
The Iowa Hawkeyes have played the Wisconsin Badgers tough in recent years

Iowa has won back-to-back games, including a 67-57 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as 14.5-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total of 148.  The Hawkeyes have dropped their last seven road games against ranked opponents, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Also, the last three meetings in this series have been decided by four points or less, including last season’s double overtime contest at the Kohl Center.  Iowa is 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-2 in that situation.

The Hawkeyes’ two losses have come to teams with a combined 24-1 record, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Iowa’s starting lineup has two players averaging in double figures, with senior guard Roy Devyn Marble leading the charge in scoring 15.3 points a contest.  One of the program’s biggest strengths is its bench—a group that ranks third in the country in scoring and first in rebounding.

Wisconsin will look to move to 15-0 on the season and match the 1911-12 and 1913-14 teams for the greatest start in school history, which is a bit surprising due to the fact that its non-conference opponents have a combined record of 100-47 in all other games.The Badgers are a dominating 31-11 SU at home against ranked opponents under Bo Ryan, including wins in each of the last four opportunities in that situation.  Wisconsin is 6-2 SU and 3-5 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Badgers have four probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward Sam Dekker leading the way at 14.5 points a contest.  Wisconsin has six different players that have led it in scoring this year, with all five starters shooting 37 percent or better from beyond the arc.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hawkeyes due to the underdog covering the last five meetings.

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