The Indiana Hoosiers and Wisconsin Badgers are both 7-1 so far this season, and will meet on Wednesday night at Wisconsin. This game will tip off the Big Ten season for the Badgers, while the Hoosiers picked up a win in their first conference game of the 2021-2022 college basketball season. Here, both teams will bring contrasting styles to the floor, with Indiana boasting a more powerful offense and Wisconsin relying more heavily on its defense.
Both teams come into this Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers matchup having been tested early in the season. Indiana’s only loss of the season came in a double overtime thriller against another power conference foe, with Wisconsin also losing its only game of the year in a tight contest against a marquee program. Here, both of these elite programs will face another test, and will need to impose their will onto this game in order to get the better of things in Madison.
Indiana Hoosiers – Hoping To Win With Offense
The Indiana Hoosiers are unranked with a 7-1 record on the year, though they could easily be undefeated on the year. Indiana’s lone loss came in double overtime against the Syracuse Orange on the road, with both teams hitting the 110 point mark and Indiana falling just short in that instant classic of a contest. But the Hoosiers rebounded nicely from that loss, winning their first game in Big Ten competition against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Indiana is the more potent offensive team coming into this matchup, averaging over 80 points per game for the year. They know going into this game that they are facing a more conservative Wisconsin team, who are going to try and slow them down and drag their point total closer to the 50s or 60s for the evening. That will put pressure on Hoosiers leading scorer Trayce Jackson-Davis and the rest of Mike Woodson’s team to take advantage of each possession they get.
Expected Line-Up: Parker Stewart, Xavier Johnson, Race Thompson, Miller Kopp, Trayce Jackson-Davis
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Wisconsin Badgers – Hoping To Win With Defense
Wisconsin also comes into this game with a 7-1 record, with their lone loss on the season coming against the Providence Friars. Since then, though, the Badgers have beaten Texas A&M, St. Mary’s, and even a Final Four team from last season in the Houston Cougars. If Wisconsin wants to continue their winning ways, they will need to slow down the Hoosiers and lock down defensively to prevent the Indiana offense from getting up and running.
Over their last six games, Wisconsin has scored over 70 points just one time, with that coming in their in-state rivalry game against Marquette. The Badgers very clearly prefer to win games with the scoring in the 60s, as they like to rely on their defense to lead them to victory. But against a team like the Hoosiers, Wisconsin may need to step outside of their comfort zone and vary their pace in order to come out with a sixth straight win.
Expected Line-Up: Brad Davison, Johnny Davis, Chucky Hepburn, Tyler Wahl, Steven Crowl
Expert Pick #1 – Wisconsin -3.5 @ -110
The first bet to place on this matchup between Indiana and Wisconsin is Wisconsin -3.5 at -110 odds. The Badgers come into this matchup simply more battle tested than the Hoosiers at this point in time. More importantly, the Badgers have been winning a lot of those tests, including their impressive win over Houston. They will cover the number here, and continue to prove that they are legit.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 132.5 @ -110
The next bet worth locking in during this Big Ten clash is the under 132.5 at -110 odds. Wisconsin is a team that would be content winning every game that they play by a score of 55-50. Their style typically lends itself to games going under the total, which is what we should see when all is said and done in this contest as both teams should play methodically to avoid mistakes in a low-scoring matchup.
Expert Pick #3 – Indiana Under 64.5 Points @ -110
Finally, it is worth placing a bet on Indiana under 64.5 at -110 odds. Indiana has had plenty of offensive success this season. But finding it against a Wisconsin team that prides itself on playing defense and half-court basketball is going to be a different story. Take the under on the Indiana team total to close out your betting on Indiana vs. Wisconsin.
This will not be the most glamorous game in all of college basketball, or anywhere close to it. But it will be a game that is very competitive between two quality opponents. Wisconsin is the best bet to be made here, though it will be a sweat from start to finish given the way that they approach the game of basketball.