Iowa State Cyclones vs. Wisconsin Badgers Predictions

by | Mar 20, 2022 | cbb

Iowa State Cyclones (21-12 SU, 18-15-0 ATS) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (25-7 SU, 17-15-0 ATS)
When: Sunday March 20 2022, 6:10 PM PM (ET)
Where: Fiserv Forum

Point Spread: Iowa State +3/Wisconsin -3 (MyBookie)
Total: 124
Money Line: Cyclones +165/Wisconsin -200

Key Injuries

Iowa State Iowa State has no reported injuries at this time.

Wisconsin Lorne Bowman II: Illness (OUT)

Recent Form

The Iowa State Cyclones come into this matchup with an overall record of 21-12. On the season, the Cyclones have performed well in their 14 non-conference games, posting a record of 14-0. In addition to their strong non-conference record, Iowa State has played well on neutral courts. Through 4 games, the Cyclones are 3-1. In their past 5 contests, the team has gone just 2-3.

The Wisconsin Badgers get set to host the Cyclones with an overall record of 25-7. On the season, the Badgers have performed well in their 11 non-conference games, posting a record of 10-1. In addition to their strong non-conference record, Wisconsin has a good record at neutral sites. Through 5 games, the Badgers is 4-1. Over their last 5 games, they have played above .500 basketball, holding a record of 3-2.

For the season, the Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 66.2 points per game, good for a rank of 277th in the NCAA. Defensively, the team is ranked 20th, allowing just 62.7 points per game. On the other side, the Wisconsin Badgers are the 164th ranked scoring offense, while giving up 66.3 points per contest.

Efficiency Outlook

Iowa State take on the Badgers holding the advantage in defensive efficiency, giving up 64.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average) compared to Wisconsin at 68.0. When playing as the superior defensive unit, the Cyclones have a record of 18-7. Even though Wisconsin trails Iowa State on the defensive end of the court, they enter this game holding the edge on offense. So far, the Badgers are 16-2 with an edge in offensive efficiency. In these games, they hold an average scoring margin of 7.0.

On the season, the Cyclones have been a balanced scoring unit, with 31.2% of their scoring coming from made three-pointers. Even though Wisconsin is only near the NCAA average in percentage of points from outside, it is still more than the Badgers. So far, just 28.0% of their points are coming from three-point shots.

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games as an underdog.
  • Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
  • Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
  • Badgers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

ISU is shooting 37% over their last five games. Wisconsin is going to grind them down like a pencil somebody put in a sharpener too long! Bet the Badgers with confidence!