Wisconsin vs. Rutgers Predictions, Odds

  • January 15, 2021
  • By David Schwab
  • VegasInsider.com

Friday night’s college basketball betting board is highlighted by a Big Ten battle between the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. All the action from Rutgers Athletic Center gets underway at 7 p.m. (ET).



Wisconsin-Rutgers Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Wisconsin -2
  • Money-Line: TBD
  • Total: 135

Odds Subject to Change

Wisconsin comes into this game as a slight two-point road favorite. The betting line for the total line opened at 135 points.

The Badgers dropped to 4-2 straight-up and 2-4 against the spread in the Big Ten with Tuesday’s lopsided 23-point road loss to Michigan as three-point underdogs. The total stayed UNDER 135 points after going OVER in six of their previous eight outings.

Going back over Wisconsin’s last seven games against Rutgers, it has won five SU. Yet, it is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of the Badgers’ last 13 road games.

Rutgers has dropped four of its last five games SU (2-3 ATS) to fall to 3-4 in conference play. The total has gone OVER in four of its last six games. The Scarlet Knights have won 17 of their last 20 home games SU and the total has gone OVER in nine of their last 13 games overall.


Betting Analysis – Wisconsin Badgers

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 10-3
  • ATS: 5-7-1
  • SU - Home: 9-1
  • SU - Away: 1-2
  • O/U: 8-5

Wisconsin was flat from the start in Tuesday’s loss taking a 17-point deficit into halftime. D’Mitrik Trice ended the game with 20 points. The senior guard leads the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game while averaging 3.5 assists. He is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 43.8% from three-point range.

Forward Micah Potter is next on the list with 12.5 PPG. The Badgers are scoring an average of 74.8 points a game and converting on 44.9% of their shots from the field. They have been effective from beyond the three-point line at 40.5%.

Wisconsin is pulling down 34.9 rebounds a game with 33.3 on defense. It is holding opposing teams to 62.7 points.

Betting Analysis – Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 7-4
  • ATS: 5-5-1
  • SU - Home: 6-2
  • SU - Away: 1-2
  • O/U: 7-3-1

Double-digit losses to Michigan State on the road and Ohio State at home highlight Rutgers’ current slide. It trailed the Buckeyes by as many as 22 points before closing the gap to 11 points in last Saturday’s loss.

Guard Ron Harper Jr has been the team’s leading scorer this season with 20.1 PPG. Guards’ Jacob Young and Montez Mathis are adding a combined 29 points as part of the Scarlet Knights’ 75.7-point scoring average.

Center Myles Johnson leads the way in rebounds (8.5) with Harper adding 6.2 a game. The team is shooting 46.9% from the field with that number dropping to 37.1% from three-point range. It is averaging 36.5 rebounds and giving up 71.9 PPG.

Inside the Stats – Wisconsin Badgers

  • PS/G: 74.8 (126th)
  • PA/G: 62.7 (33rd)
  • Off Rtg: 111.1 (38th)
  • Def Rtg: 93.1 (77th)

Inside the Stats – Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  • PS/G: 75.7 (114th)
  • PA/G: 71.9 (217th)
  • Off Rtg: 107.2 (100th)
  • Def Rtg: 101.8 (251st)

Key Players to Watch

  • WIS - D'Mitrik Trice (15.2 PPG)
  • WIS - Micah Potter (12.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG)
  • RUTG - Ron Harper, Jr. (20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
  • RUTG - Jacob Young (15.5 PPG, 4.5 APG)

Wisconsin-Rutgers Predictions

With each team coming off a bad loss, the motivation for a better effort on Friday remains high across this matchup. Wisconsin is the deeper team and it should find a way to come away with the SU win.

Yet, the game should remain competitive given the Scarlet Knights’ favorable SU record their home court. Look for that better effort from both sides with Wisconsin the best bet on the money line.

My play on the total is UNDER the current 135-point betting line. The Badgers tend to lean more heavily on their defense when playing on the road.

  • Score Prediction: Wisconsin 67 Rutgers 64
  • Best Bets: Wisconsin -2
  • Best Bets: UNDER

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