The Badgers and Wildcats are set to face off at 2:30 ET on BTN. The Wildcats will host the game at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Wisconsin is favored by -3.5 in this Big Ten conference matchup the against Northwestern. The over/under for the game is set at 136.5 points.

WISCONSIN BADGERS VS NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +3.5

This game will be played at Target Center at 2:30 ET on Friday, March 15th.

WHY BET THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Not only will Northwestern pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Wisconsin Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?

Wisconsin enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 22 of their 31 games this season. Their record as the favorite is 16-6, and they have gone 3-9 on the road this season.

After defeating Maryland 87-56 in their last game, the Badgers are 19-12 overall and 12-9 in Big Ten play. They have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 road games.

Wisconsin has not been a strong ATS team this season, going just 14-18. On the road, their ATS mark is just 3-9. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Badgers have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Wisconsin’s games this year (138.7). So far, 12 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 144 points.

Wisconsin is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 87 points vs. Maryland. This figure is more than their season average of 74.8 points per game. On the offensive front, the Badgers have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, ranking 94th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 144th in terms of percentage and 228th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Wisconsin defense is giving up an average of 69.3 points per contest. Against Maryland, the Badgers’ defense gave up 56 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Maryland only made 9 free-throws.

Can Northwestern Secure a Home Victory?

Northwestern is 17-2 at home this season, and they are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. They are 21-10 overall and 12-8 in Big Ten games. They have been the underdog in 12 games, and they are 5-7 in those games.

Last time out, the Wildcats beat Minnesota by a score of 90-66. So far, they have been favored in 19 games, and they have gone 16-3 in those games.

As the underdog this season, Northwestern has been very good vs. the spread, going 8-4. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Wildcats have an ATS mark of 7-3. At home this year, Northwestern is 11-7-1 vs. the spread.

Northwestern’s over/under record for the season is 19-12 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (137.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points compared to their season average of 143.1. So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line.

The Northwestern offense is coming off a game in which they scored 90 points vs. Minnesota. Overall their field goal percentage was 58.6% while connecting on 10 threes. Leading Northwestern in scoring vs. Minnesota was Brooks Barnhizer with his 23 points. Boo Buie also added 23 points for the Wildcats.

Coming into today’s game, the Northwestern defense is giving up an average of 69.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northwestern’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 36.5% this season.