Friday’s Tip Sheet

The first full weekend of conference matchups in college basketball gets underway on Friday with a full slate of games in the Mid Majors. The lone exception are a few key battles in the Big Ten and Big East.

The first game on Friday night’s betting board sends the Wisconsin Badgers on the road against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes. The big showdown in the Big East pits the Georgetown Hoyas on the road against the Seton Hall Pirates.

Wisconsin at No. 5 Ohio State (FS1, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Ohio State -10, Total 124

Betting Matchup

The Badgers closed out 2019 with a 65-37 romp over Rider on New Year’s Eve as 13-point home favorites. They resume Big Ten play at 1-1 both straight-up and against the spread after beating Indiana at home and losing to Rutgers on the road. They closed as slight underdogs in each contest. Wisconsin is 8-5 SU with a 6-7 record ATS. It did cover in its last three games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of its last eight games.

The Badgers’ biggest win this season came against Tennessee last Saturday, with D’Mitrik Trice scoring 21 points in the lopsided 68-48 road win as four-point underdogs.

Sunday’s 67-59 home loss to West Virginia as six-point favorites was the Buckeyes’ second SU setback in four games after a perfect 9-0 start. They slipped to 10-3 ATS on the year with the total staying UNDER 136 points in that latest loss. It had gone OVER in five of their previous seven contests. Ohio State was outscored 36-22 in the second half of Sunday’s game.

Junior forward Kaleb Wesson scored a team-high 17 points. He has exceeded his team-high 14.2 point scoring average in three of his last five starts.

Betting Trends

-- The Badgers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 Big Ten games and they have covered in four of their last five January games.

-- The Buckeyes have lost six of their last seven January games SU with the total going OVER in their last five conference games.

-- The road team won both meetings last season SU and ATS. Wisconsin has the 4-2 edge ATS over the last six meetings and the total has gone OVER in the last five games between the two.

Georgetown at Seton Hall (FS1, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Seton Hall -6, Total 147

Betting Matchup

Georgetown’s SU six-game winning streak (SU and ATS) came to an end on New Year’s Eve in a 76-60 loss to Providence in its Big East opener. The Hoyas closed as 2 ½-point road underdogs and the total stayed UNDER 148 points. It has stayed UNDER in three of their last four games. They are 10-4 SU overall with an 8-6 record ATS.

Georgetown is averaging 80.3 points per game behind senior center Omer Yurtseven’s 17.9-point scoring average. He had 14 points with 10 rebounds in Tuesday night’s loss. This was his third double-double in four games.

The Pirates opened conference play on Monday with a 74-66 road victory against DePaul as slight 1 ½-point favorites. They have won their last three games SU and ATS to improve to 9-4 both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in seven of their last nine games.

Myles Powell scored 27 points in Monday’s win after missing his last few starts due to a concussion. The senior guard has averaged a team-high 21.7 PPG in 11 games this season. Seton Hall is averaging 74.7 points a game while allowing 64.4 point on defense.

Betting Trends

-- The Hoyas have lost four of their last five Friday games SU. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven conference games.

-- The Pirates are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games played in January.

-- Seton Hall has won seven of the last 10 meetings both SU and ATS. In three meetings last season, the Pirates were 2-1 (SU and ATS) with the total staying UNDER in two of the three games.