Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:00 AM
Friday's Big Ten Tips
The betting board for this Friday night’s action in college basketball is on the lighter side, but FOX Sports 1 has dialed up an interesting doubleheader of games in the Big Ten.
First off at 7:00 p.m. ET, No. 22 Indiana will be on the road against Maryland in College Park. In a 9:00 p.m. ET tip at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin will play host to Purdue.
Opening Odds per
No. 22 Indiana Hoosiers at Maryland Terrapins (FOX Sports 1, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Maryland -5, Total 142 ½
Indiana is one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the current AP Top 25, but it will most likely need a win on Friday to remain on the list. The Hoosiers’ recent straight-up seven-game winning streak came to an end last Sunday in a 74-63 loss to Michigan as nine-point road underdogs. They are 1-3 against the spread on the road this season as part of a 7-8 record against the closing number overall.
The total went OVER 131 points against the Wolverines, but it has stayed UNDER in 10 of 15 games this year. Freshman guard Romeo Langford scored 17 points in Sunday’s loss after putting up 28 his previous game against Illinois.
The Terrapins could slip into the national rankings by winning this game after winning their last four outings SU with a 3-1 mark ATS. Three of the wins were against conference foes including Tuesday’s 82-67 road upset against Minnesota as two-point underdogs.
Maryland is 13-3 SU overall with a 9-7 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in its last six games. Junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. has been this team’s leading scorer with 17.2 points per game and, with 27 points against Minnesota, he has exceeded that average in two of his last three starts.
-- The Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Friday games and they are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU loss. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 10 of their last 12 road games.
-- The Terrapins have failed to cover in 11 of their last 15 home games with a 2-5-1 record ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a SU losing record on the road. The total has gone OVER in their last four games played at home.
-- The home team in this matchup has covered the spread in the last four meetings with the total staying UNDER in four of the last five games between the two.
Purdue Boilermakers at Wisconsin Badgers (FOX Sports 1, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Wisconsin -4 ½, Total 136 ½
Purdue opened Big Ten play in early December with a road loss to Michigan and a win at home against Maryland. In recent conference play, it beat Iowa by 16 points as a 9 ½-point home favorite before coming up well short on Tuesday night in a 77-59 loss to Michigan State as a seven-point underdog on the road. This roller-coaster ride is indicative of the Boilermakers’ overall record of 9-6 SU (7-7 ATS).
They tend to win the games they are supposed to, but they have failed to cover in two of three games this season as underdogs. Led by junior guard Carsen Edwards’ 24.5-point scoring average, Purdue is scoring 77.6 PPG. He was held to 11 points in Tuesday’s loss.
Wisconsin has been another up and down team this season at 11-4 SU with an 8-7 record ATS. Its stint in the national rankings came to an end with a stunning 83-76 loss to Western Kentucky on Dec. 29 as a 6 ½-point road favorite. The Badgers then lost to Minnesota as nine-point favorites at home before last Sunday’s 71-52 rout of Penn State as two-point road favorites.
Wisconsin’s top scorer this season has been senior forward Ethan Happ with 19.3 PPG. With 22 points in the win against the Nittany Lions, he has put up at least 19 points in three of his last four games.
-- The Boilermakers have gone just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and they are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 conference games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games on the road.
-- The Badgers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU win, but they have failed to cover in four of their last five games against a SU winning team. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 11 of their last 13 Friday games.
-- The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in the last four meetings at Wisconsin.