Free NCAA Basketball Picks for Wisconsin vs. Indiana

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:30 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 12:30 PM GMT

The Wisconsin Badgers have absolutely owned the Indiana Hoosiers under head coach Bo Ryan, as the two teams prepare to face off Tuesday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big Ten Conference showdown at Assembly Hall, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Start me up

Wisconsin is off to its best start in program history, as it comes off a 95-70 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 10-point home favorites last Wednesday—the team’s largest-ever win over a ranked team.

The Badgers are enjoying their best offensive season in the Bo Ryan era, as they attempt to score 70 or more points for the eighth consecutive contest.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.

Falling short against top competition

Indiana has dropped five games in a row against ranked opponents, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Monday, as the program tries to win for the first time in the last 13 meetings in this series.

The Hoosiers are 44-4 SU at home since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, but they’ve dropped their last five against the Badgers at this venue.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 2-1 SUATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points.

Road warriors

College basketball handicappers will be looking to back the betting favorites in this spot,  as the Badgers own the best road winning percentage (.632) in the Big Ten over the last three seasons.

Wisconsin has the ability to win in any situation, as it boasts four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward Sam Dekker leading that group at 14.3 points a contest.

Getting to the free throw line

No major college basketball program has made more free throws than Indiana since 2011-12, but it’s important to point out that Wisconsin ranks second nationally in limiting attempts from the charity stripe this season.

Indiana will need a big offensive game from sophomore Kevin Ferrell, who is averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game—up 9.9 from a year ago.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this rivalry.

College Basketball Pick: Under 

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