Indiana Hoosiers vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 12/08/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Venue:  Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Where to Watch:  Big Ten Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Indiana +4.5, Wisconsin -4.5; Over/Under:  132.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Indiana +3.5, Wisconsin -3.5; Over/Under:  132.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Indiana +4.5, Wisconsin -4.5; Over/Under:  132.5 points
 

Season Record

Indiana Hoosiers:  7-1 (3rd place, Big Ten)
Wisconsin Badgers:  7-1 (7th place, Big Ten)
 
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Indiana Hoosiers vs Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Indiana Hoosiers:  4-1 last 5
Wisconsin Badgers:  5-0 last 5
 
 
 

Indiana Hoosiers Analysis

Indiana is coming into this game with a 7-1 record overall and they are 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the year and they are currently 1-0 in their conference games this season. They only have 1 loss all season but are coming into this game off of a win since then. Their loss was against the Syracuse Orange while their 7 wins came against the Eastern Michigan Eagles, the Northern Illinois Huskies, the St. John's Red Storm, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, the Jackson State Tigers, the Marshall Thundering Herd, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last game. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the team in points in that game with 14 while Tamar Bates was next on the team with 14 points. Race Thompson also scored 11 points in that one as well. Miller Kopp and Rob Phinisee off the bench both led the team in assists in that game with 3 each while Thompson led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 40.4% from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range, and 82.4% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 80.4 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 63.8 PPG against them. Indiana has an ATS record of 5-3 this season and their O/U record is 2-6.
 
 

Wisconsin Badgers Analysis

Wisconsin is coming into this game with a 7-1 record overall and they are 3-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 1st conference matchup on their schedule this season. They only have 1 loss all season and they have gone on a 5 game winning streak since then. Their loss was against the Providence Friars while their wins came against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers, the Green Bay Phoenix, the Texas A&M Aggies, the Houston Cougars, the Saint Mary's Gaels, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the Marquette Golden Eagles in their last game. Jonathan Davis led the team in points in that game with 25 while Brad Davison was next on the team with 20 points. Steven Crowl and Chucky Hepburn both scored 15 points in that one as well. Hepburn led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Crowl led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 50.8% from the field, 41.7% from 3-point range, and 73.9% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 70.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 59.1 PPG against them. Wisconsin has an ATS record of 6-2 this season and their O/U record is 5-3.
 

 

Indiana vs Wisconsin Prediction

Wisconsin is coming into this game as a 4.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Wisconsin has been playing very well all season and has been a very good home team. They will get to be at home here for their first conference game of the season which should help them play much better in this game. Indiana is coming off of a conference win but they lost their only game on the road this season and now have an even tougher ranked opponent coming up here. Wisconsin has been winning most of their games by more than 5 points and they will likely keep that up here as they are the better team and playing well at home. The best bet to place in this game is on Wisconsin to cover the spread.
 
Indiana Wisconsin Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Wisconsin 68 Indiana 58.
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NCAAB Betting Trends

 
Indiana Hoosiers: 6-17 O/U as an underdog. 4-12 O/U as a road underdog or pick. 1-6 O/U as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points. 4-8 O/U after allowing 25 points or less in the first half last game. 
Wisconsin Badgers: 98-141 O/U when the total is 130 to 139.5. 94-142 O/U after 2 straight games with 9 or less offensive rebounds. 22-40 O/U after covering 6 or 7 of their last 8 against the spread. 2-9 O/U after a home game where both teams scored 75 points or more. 91-131 O/U after 3 or more consecutive wins.
 

Key Injuries

 
Indiana Hoosiers:  L. Duncomb (C) Ques Wed - Suspension. T. Galloway (G) Out indefinitely - Wrist injury.
Wisconsin Badgers:  None.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“I think our strength of the team right now is defense. So I think we just talked to each other about slowing down offense and then helping our defense, making our defense make plays for us on offense. So I think stepping up our defense, talking to each other, getting each other going, I think that's really what helped us coming into the second half.” - Race Thompson on their win against Nebraska.
 
 
“It's great they got some notice from the outside. It's great for [Hepburn’s] family, you know, his mom and dad back in Omaha and brother and everything, his fans there. I know from a Chucky standpoint, it's great, but he's going to have his hands full the next two days preparing for Indiana and what they bring in, who he's gonna have to match up with.” - Greg Gard on 2 of his players getting some player of the week awards.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Indiana Hoosiers
T. Jackson-Davis 
Xavier Johnson 
M. Kopp 
P. Stewart 
R. Thompson 
 
Wisconsin Badgers
S. Crowl 
J. Davis 
B. Davison 
C. Hepburn 
T. Wahl
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Indiana Hoosiers
PPG: T. Jackson-Davis (21)
APG: X. Johnson (4)
Reb/G: R. Thompson (8.9)
 
Wisconsin Badgers
PPG: J. Davis (20.1)
APG: J. Davis (2.4)
Reb/G: J. Davis (5.6)
 
Coaches:
Indiana Hoosiers: Mike Woodson (1st season)
Wisconsin Badgers: Greg Gard (7th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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