Wisconsin Badgers home to Samford Bulldogs in NCAA Basketball betting action
Samford Bulldogs vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Samford when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Badgers are 8-4 so far on the season, and 3-7 ATS vs. the number. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 3-10 and 4-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wisconsin go 4-4 and the Bulldogs go 1-2-1 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Wisconsin in this one found them as 29-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Badgers at No. 109 and the Bulldogs at No. 332 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 80-55 result in favor of the Badgers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisconsin's No. 98 nationally ranked offense (72.1 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 223 at 68.5 PPG. The Badgers have been averaging 44.5% from the field, more than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (42.1% on average).
Defensively, Samford features the nation's No. 200-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.2 points per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, comes in at No. 103 nationally in scoring at home.
Samford was a 75-62 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tennessee-Martin. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs got 18 points from Will Cook as Samford ran past Tennessee-Martin 75-62 on Wednesday at Skyhawk Arena.
Wisconsin was a 74-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Milwaukee. They failed to cover the 26-point spread as favorites. Wisconsin cruised to victory on Saturday, running Wisc-Milwaukee out of the gym and running up a 74-53 score at Kohl Center.
Samford Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Chattanooga are 2-8
After playing Tennessee-Martin are 6-2
After a win are 3-7
Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Penn State are 7-3
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 10-0
After a win are 4-6
A few Bulldogs at Badgers trends to consider:
Samford is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Wisconsin is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Wisconsin is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Samford home to Chattanooga, Saturday, January 5
Wisconsin home to Penn State, Thursday, January 3