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Can Wisconsin’s Young Core Step Up Against Baylor?

Wisconsin easily cruised through its first two games of the season but the Badgers faltered against their first true competition. They are coming off an 80-70 loss to Xavier in which everyone aside from junior Ethan Happ shot a combined 37.5 percent from the floor. Will the young guns step up against a retooling Baylor squad Monday?

Shark Bites
  • Wisconsin is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games against the Big 12.
  • Baylor is 1-3 ATS in its last 4 games as favorite.
  • Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is averaging 12 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season.

Of course, Wiscy still has Happ, who is pacing the team in points, rebounds and assists. A big onus in this game will rest on the young guard duo of Brevin Pritzl and D’Mitrik Trice, as one of the sophomores will need to step up defensively to guard Baylor’s Manu Lecomte.

Lecomte has become the offensive focal point for the Bears with the team trying to fill the void of several key players from last season. The Belgian is averaging a team-high 20.7 points per game during this young season and has taken nearly half of the team’s shots from beyond the arc.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Wisconsin sat as 1-point underdogs over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current OVER/UNDER betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Baylor Bears vs Wisconsin Badgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Wisconsin Badgers are 2-1 overall and 1-1 ATS, while the Baylor Bears are 3-0 and 0-0 ATS. As for the betting totals, Wisconsin boasts a 2-0 on the OU, and Baylor is 0-0.

The Badgers sit at No. 22 in the current college hoops power poll here at OddsShark, while the Bears sit at No. 52 on the same chart.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bears got 17 points from Manu Lecomte as Baylor ran past Alcorn State 78-61 on Friday at Ferrell Center.

Wisconsin suffered a 80-70 loss against Xavier on Thursday, getting 21 points from Ethan Happ in a losing effort at Kohl Center.

Betting Trends
  • Baylor is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Wisconsin is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games

Next Betting Matchups

Baylor at Xavier, Tuesday, November 28
Wisconsin at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Friday, November 24