Iowa Hawkeyes at Wisconsin Badgers
Iowa Hawkeyes (17-10 SU, 15-12 ATS) at Wisconsin Badgers (15-11, 11-14), 2/22/23
When: 9 pm ET Wednesday, Feb. 22
Where: Kohl Center
CBB Betting Line: Iowa -1/Wis +1
In tonight’s Big Ten matchup, the Iowa Hawkeyes (17-10 SU, 15-12 ATS) will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers (15-11, 11-14) at the Kohl Center in Madison. The game is set to begin at 9 pm ET, and will be broadcast on BTN.
The Hawkeyes will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Northwestern, while the Badgers will try to rebound from a tough defeat to Rutgers.
Iowa is currently favored by one point in tonight’s game with an over/under of 139.5, and both figures have held steady in early betting action. According to Sagarin’s CBB ratings at USAToday.com, the Hawkeyes should be favored by one point for this matchup.
Iowa at Wisconsin Betting Preview
The Hawkeyes are 5-2 over their last seven games, although only 3-4 ATS during that span. They are tied for fourth place in the Big Ten with five other teams, with a 9-7 record in conference play. A win tonight could give them a double-bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.
Wisconsin has been on a rollercoaster ride lately, alternating wins and losses in their last seven games. They need three wins in their last four games to reach a 10-10 conference record, which would likely be enough for an NCAA tournament bid.
The Badgers won the first meeting between these teams back in December, a close 78-75 victory in overtime. However, the Hawkeyes had won the previous four matchups before that.
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As for the game’s total, the Overs have hit in 16 of Iowa’s 27 games this season, which are averaging 154 total points, while the Totals are split 13-13 in Wisconsin’s games, which are averaging 128 points.
Iowa is coming off an embarrassing 80-60 loss to Northwestern last weekend, where they never held a lead and trailed by as much as 24 points. The Hawkeyes shot just 43% from the field, hit only 3/24 from 3-point land, and lost the turnover battle 15-10. However, in their previous game, they shot 57% from the floor, beat Ohio State 92-75, and covered the spread.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin is looking to rebound after a close 58-57 loss to Rutgers. They shot just 33% from the field and missed their last four shots, including two in the waning seconds, to lose the game. Two games ago, they defeated Michigan 64-59, but blew a 17-point lead to lose in overtime to Nebraska in the game before that.
Pick Against the Spread
Iowa is 5-2 over its last seven games, Wisconsin 4-9 over its last 13. Also, the Hawkeyes might be prime for a bounce-back performance here, after laying an egg last time out against Northwestern. Also, Iowa got out-shot by the Badgers the last time they met; we expect a reversal of that Wednesday night. We’re betting the Hawkeyes.