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Wisconsin Opens Big Ten Play Against Rutgers

Since decisively losing to UNC, Wisconsin has been on fire, going 7-0 SU and 5-1 ATS – no spread was posted for the Badgers’ game against Prairie View A&M. However, the conference schedule does not start easy for Wisconsin, as the Badgers take on an 11-2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights team looking to prove they belong among the elite in the Big Ten. 

Shark Bites
  • Rutgers is 2-23 SU in its past 25 true road games, including a 2-2 record this season.
  • Ethan Happ had 16 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-for-8 against Rutgers last season.
  • Wisconsin is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its past 4 games when favored by 15 or more points.

Ethan Happ has proven to be Wisconsin’s most versatile player, as the sophomore has averaged 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds in the past seven games while flashing an improved jumper. Whenever you talk about Wisconsin, you need to talk about a defense that has held opponents to 59.3 ppg on 39.5 percent shooting.

Steve Pikiell has proven to be the best choice Rutgers could have made for their head coaching position, as the Scarlet Knights have already eclipsed last season’s win total. The biggest change has been on the defensive end of the floor, as Rutgers is allowing nearly 20 fewer points per game this season compared with last year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in this one, their betting line was listed as 18-point underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Wisconsin Badgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have watched them go 11-2 and 5-2 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Wisconsin Badgers are at 11-2 and 6-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Wisconsin Badgers are 4-6, while the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have a 2-4-1 mark.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 144-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Rutgers is ranked No. 7 in NCAA basketball at 43.92 per game. Contrast that with Wisconsin's No. 29 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Wisconsin is the No. 77-ranked team in the country at 8.46 per game, while Rutgers rates No. 255 at 4.77 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Scarlet Knights got 17 points from Corey Sanders, but it was Seton Hall that prevailed in a 72-61 final on Friday at Prudential Center.

Wisconsin cruised to victory on Friday, running Florida A&M out of the gym and running up a 90-37 score at Kohl Center.

Betting Trends
  • Rutgers is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • Rutgers is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rutgers home to Penn State, Sunday, January 1st
Wisconsin at Indiana, Tuesday, January 3rd