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College basketball point spread favors Badgers in battle with Wildcats

Wisconsin BadgersNorthwestern Wildcats
13-0January 02, 2014, 07:00 | Welsh-Ryan Arena7-6

The visiting Wisconsin Badgers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Welsh-Ryan Arena against the Northwestern Wildcats.

The Wildcats sport a record of 7-6 and 4-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Badgers have 13-0 and 8-4-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-8 for the Wildcats and 6-6 for the Badgers.

View Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Wildcats installed as 10.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Wildcats sit at No. 88 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Badgers sit at No. 4 on the same chart.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were an 80-43 winner as they battled Prairie View A&M at home. They covered in the match as a 33.5-point favorite. Wisconsin cruised to victory on Saturday, running Prairie View A&M out of the gym and running up an 80-43 score at Kohl Center.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 57-56 result against DePaul on December 27. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. Northwestern suffered a 57-56 loss against DePaul on Friday, getting 23 points from Tre Demps in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northwestern's No. 225 nationally ranked offense (66.69 points per game) against a Badgers defense that sits as the No. 13 at 60.62 PPG. The Wildcats have been averaging 41.46% from the field, less than the Badgers have managed so far this season (46.55% on average).

A few Badgers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Wisconsin is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 7 games
Wisconsin is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Northwestern is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Wisconsin home to Iowa, Sunday, January 5th
Northwestern at Michigan, Sunday, January 5th