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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions, Picks, Odds

The Wisconsin Badgers (22-5, 13-4 Big Ten) travel to meet the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-11, 10-7) at Jersey Mike's Arena in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on Big Ten Network.

Score Prediction

Wisconsin 69 Rutgers 67

Best Bet

Wisconsin +110 ML
Wisconsin +2 (-110)
Over 133 (-118)

WISCONSIN BADGERS VS. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS PREDICTIONS

The Badgers survived a 68-67 close shave in Minnesota on Wednesday, failing to cover a five-point number. It was the third straight victory since their last loss at home on Feb. 12 against these same Scarlet Knights.

In that Feb. 12 game, the Scarlet Knights won 73-65 as eight-point underdogs at the Kohl Center in Madison, hitting 51% (25-of-49) from the field, while going 58% (7-of-12) from behind the 3-point line. The Scarlet Knights were also 89% (16-of-18) from the free-throw line, with Ron Harper, Jr. leading the way with 21 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot with three triples. He was one of four Rutgers players with double-digit point totals.

The Badgers shot just 47% (26-of-55) from the field in that loss to the Knights, including a terrible 21% (4-of-19) from downtown, and Wisconsin was an awful 53% (9-of-17) from the charity stripe. Worse, Rutgers somehow outrebounded the Badgers 29-27.

WISCONSIN BADGERS VS. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING ODDS

  • Wisconsin +110
  • Rutgers -143
  • Wisconsin +2 (-110)
  • Rutgers -2 (-118)
  • Over 133 (-118)
  • Under 133 (-110)

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WISCONSIN BADGERS VS. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: Big Ten
  • Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Venue: Jersey Mike's Arena
  • Location: Piscataway, N.J.
  • TV-Time: BTN - 6:00 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN BADGERS BETTING ANALYSIS

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

  • SU: 22-5
  • ATS: 15-12
  • O/U: 18-9

The Badgers have rattled off three victories in a row to stay tied at 13-4 in the conference with Purdue for first place. Wisconsin is 17-1 at home, but just a mortal 7-3 on the road.

Wisconsin has covered just three of the past 10 games overall, while going 2-5 ATS in the past seven after a straight-up win. And, for whatever it's worth, the Badgers are a dismal 1-7 ATS in the previous eight games played on a Saturday, too. They are, however, 8-3 ATS in the past 11 on the road against teams with a winning home mark.

On totals, the OVER isn't usually the first thought when discussing Wisconsin basketball in recent decades, but the OVER is 4-0 in the past four games overall. The OVER is also 4-1-1 in the past six against teams with a winning overall record, and 6-2 in the past eight games on the road, too. The OVER hit against Rutgers in the first meeting on Feb. 12, too, a total of 138 points on a 131-point number.

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING ANALYSIS

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

  • SU: 16-11
  • ATS: 12-13-2
  • O/U: 15-12

The Rutgers suffered a 71-62 loss at Michigan, its second consecutive setback, splashing a little cold water on the Scarlet Knights, who had been surging. There were even murmurs from some talking heads discussing if Rutgers was a dark-horse team in the Big Ten with the potential to win the regular-season title. That's all but over now after a pair of losses to Michigan and Purdue, but again, they did top Wisconsin in the first meeting two weeks ago.

The Scarlet Knights are 5-1-1 ATS in the past seven meetings overall, while going 7-1 ATS in the past eight games at home. The Scarlet Knights are also 4-1-1 ATS in the past six games against teams with a winning overall record, too.

For totals, the OVER did hit against Wisconsin in the first meeting, but the UNDER is 4-1 in the past five games at home. The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five following a straight-up loss, and 4-1 in the past five after a non-cover. The OVER is 4-1-1 in the previous six against teams with a winning overall record, however.

INSIDE THE STATS - WISCONSIN BADGERS

  • Record: 22-5
  • PS/G: 71.1 (179th)
  • PA/G: 66.4 (93rd)
  • ORtg: 105.3 (126th)
  • DRtg: 98.2 (144th)

INSIDE THE STATS - RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS

  • Record: 16-11
  • PS/G: 68.3 (256th)
  • PA/G: 65.5 (72nd)
  • ORtg: 102.3 (183rd)
  • DRtg: 98.1 (138th)

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • WIS: Jonathan Davis - G (20.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.2 SPG)
  • WIS: Brad Davison - G (14.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 89.1 FT%)
  • RUT: Geo Baker - G (11.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 2.0 RPG, 1.1 SPG)
  • RUT: Ron Harper, Jr. - G (15.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.3 3P%)
The OVER is 6-2 in the past eight road games for the Wisconsin Badgers. (AP)

WISCONSIN BADGERS VS. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING CONCLUSION

The Badgers will have revenge on their minds heading to New Jersey. Wisconsin is still in first place, able to bounce back after the loss at home to the Scarlet Knights on Feb. 12. The Scarlet Knights haven't been as fortunate, falling at Purdue and then losing at Michigan against a team with injuries in the frontcourt and a sub coach.

Still, Rutgers is back home now, and they've been a tough out at the submarine sandwich arena. Rutgers has added ranked teams Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State to the victim's list at home in the past three games. While the Badgers haven't fared very well against the number lately, and the Scarlet Knights have been on fire lately ATS, especially at home, it's a gut feeling that the Badgers bring their best Saturday. Look for a hotly contested game, with the Badgers managing to score a close win.

WISCONSIN BADGERS VS. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING TRENDS

  • Wisconsin is 3-7 ATS in the past 10 games overall.
  • Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in the past seven following a SU win.
  • Rutgers is 5-1-1 ATS in the past seven games overall.
  • Rutgers is 7-1 ATS in the past eight home games.
  • Rutgers is 4-1-1 ATS in the past six vs. winning teams.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the past four games for Wisconsin.
  • The OVER is 6-2 in the past eight road games for Wisconsin.
  • The OVER is 11-2 in the past 13 following a SU win for Wisconsin.
  • The OVER is 4-1-1 in the past six vs. winning teams for Rutgers.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five home games for Rutgers.

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