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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Wildcats underdogs vs Badgers at Northwestern

Wisconsin BadgersNorthwestern Wildcats
Feb 20, 9:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

18-8TEAM RECORD13-13

Northwestern will look to improve on its 13-13 record on Wednesday when they host Wisconsin in NCAA basketball odds action at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Wildcats sit at 13-13 (12-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Badgers are currently 18-8 (10-14 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northwestern is 9-10-1 OU, and Wisconsin is 10-12 OU.

View Wisconsin vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Northwestern opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 205 (Wildcats) and the No. 25 (Badgers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 73-62 result in favor of the Badgers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northwestern has the nation's No. 281-rated offensive output, at 62.6 PPG. The visiting Badgers defense ranks No. 11 allowing on average 56.2 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 41.1% so far, less than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Defensively, Wisconsin features the nation's No. 23-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 301 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Wisconsin was a 71-49 winner at home against Ohio State. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Badgers and Buckeyes didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Ohio State was handed a 71-49 defeat on Sunday at Kohl Center.

Northwestern was a 62-41 loser in their most recent outing at home against Illinois. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Northwestern was crushed on Sunday, getting blown out by Illinois and falling by a 62-41 score at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Nebraska are 4-0
After playing Ohio State are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Purdue are 5-5
After playing Illinois are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Badgers at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 7 games on the road
Wisconsin is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing at home against Wisconsin
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games when playing Wisconsin
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Northwestern's last 10 games

Next up:
Wisconsin home to Nebraska, Tuesday, February 26
Northwestern at Purdue, Sunday, February 24