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Feb 19, 4:00 PM | Kohl Center

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds

12-15TEAM RECORD19-7

Penn State travels to Wisconsin on Sunday, hoping to boost its 12-15 record with a victory over the Badgers.

Supporters of the Nittany Lions have watched them go 12-15 and 8-12-2 ATS on the year, while the Badgers are at 19-7 and 13-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Badgers are 9-14, while the Nittany Lions have a 9-13 mark.

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Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Wisconsin sat as 15.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Badgers rated this week at No. 33 and the Nittany Lions sitting at No. 196. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 73-58 result in favor of the Badgers.


How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Wisconsin's No. 265-ranked scoring average of 63.9 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense rated No. 112 and allowing 64.7 PPG. The Badgers FG% has averaged 42.3% to date this season, more than the Nittany Lions shooters have managed so far (38.8% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Penn State owns the country's No. 174-rated mark, allowing 69.9 points per game on the highway. Wisconsin, on the other hand, rates No. 262 in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 69-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Iowa. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Nittany Lions grabbed a 69-64 win over the Hawkeyes on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Tim Frazier at Bryce Jordan Center.

Wisconsin was a 69-55 loser in its last match on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Ryan Evans scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Badgers to a win (they lost 69-55 to Michigan State at Breslin Center on Thursday).

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Northwestern are 3-7
After playing Iowa are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Iowa are 8-2
After playing Michigan State are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Nittany Lions at Badgers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Penn State is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Wisconsin is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Penn State
Wisconsin is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing Penn State
Wisconsin is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wisconsin's last 9 games when playing Penn State

Next up:
Penn State home to Northwestern, Saturday, February 25
Wisconsin at Iowa, Thursday, February 23