NCAA Basketball Picks: Injury Reports Vital for Wisconsin vs. Iowa, as Aaron White's Status Sure to Alter Spread

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 30, 2015 2:04 PM GMT

Wisconsin has performed at a high level away from home in recent years, which provides it betting value in traveling to Iowa for a Big Ten matchup Saturday.

Rolling Along
Wisconsin is focused on trying to earn a No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2015 NCAA Tournament, which is important to consider when making your NCAA Basketball picks, as it has won 11 of its last 12 games.

Entering with an 18-2 record, the Badgers are off to their third-best start in program history, as they prepare to play their fourth game without the services of starting point guard Traevon Jackson.

Bronson Koenig has done a great job of taking over that role, as he’s averaged 12.3 points in four career starts.

Sports bettors will find that the squad is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games versus a team with a .600 or better win percentage.

 

Shocking Result
Iowa was handed a 82-50 blowout loss by Wisconsin as 10-point road underdogs less than two weeks ago, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as the previous seven meetings were decided by an average of 3.9 points.

Saturday will be the second meeting in 11 days between these two schools—the shortest time between games in the series since playing twice in nine days in 1979.

The Hawkeyes were outscored 36-12 in the paint at the Kohl Center, while the Badgers dished out 16 assists and tied a school record with just a single turnover.

It’s important to point out that the program is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 Big Ten Conference affairs.

 

Efficient
The Badgers possess the nation’s No. 1 offense in terms of efficiency, as they average 123.5 points per 100 possessions, while they pace the Big Ten in scoring 73.6 points a contest during league play.

National Player of the Year candidate Frank Kaminsky is the main offensive weapon on the floor—averaging 18.7 points and 8.8 rebounds.  He leads the conference in tallying eight double-doubles.

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Status Symbol
Hawkeyes star Aaron White is currently listed as questionable with a shoulder injury on the latest reports, which means sports handicappers need to monitor his status leading up to the opening tip at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

White ranks first in the country in highest percentage of points scored from free throws, while he ranks first among active Big Ten players in rebounding and is third in scoring.

 

Outlook
I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Badgers by five points, but that number goes up to eight if White is unable to play, as he played only seven minutes in a 67-63 road loss to Purdue last time out.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Wisconsin -5 (-8 if White is out)