College Basketball Betting Odds: Rutgers Looks To Sweep Wisconsin Thursday

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Written By Derek Wagner | Last Updated

There are 55 games on tap for Thursday’s college basketball slate, including Rutgers (15-14, 7-11) at Wisconsin (18-11, 10-8). Rutgers looks to make it three in a row over Wisconsin, while the Badgers are slipping in March Madness odds in recent weeks. Let’s examine my pick for this Big 10 matchup.

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Rutgers vs. Wisconsin odds: spread, moneyline, total

Situation Favors Scarlett Knights?

This is a classic buy-low spot for a Rutgers team that has been reeling the last three weeks, failing to cover in five of their last six games.

In fact, their only cover came against the lowly Michigan Wolverines last week. This also is a look-ahead spot for the Badgers, with Purdue looming on Sunday in the season finale.

That being said, the Badgers have a chance to claim the No. 4 seed and double bye in the Big Ten tournament with two wins to close the season.

Rutgers’ Big Edge

While the Badgers’ elite low post offense hasn’t been tested much this year, the Scarlet Knights possess the defense that can cause problems. Cliff Omoruyi, in particular, is one of the best interior defenders in the Big Ten and college basketball.

His 6-foot-11 frame makes him an elite shot blocker and has him third across D-1 in blocks, with 87 thus far. That length was particularly an issue in their last meeting in February when Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl combined for 14 points. Omoruyi was a menace inside, blocking eight shots in total, tied for his season high.

Led by Omoruyi, the Scarlett Knights rank 12th in near proximity field goal percentage allowed (via Haslametrics). Opponents are shooting a mere 45.8% on the Scarless Knights from inside the arc. Unless the Badgers can get the big man in foul trouble, we can expect Rutgers to own the paint, led by Omoruyi.

If he blocks and alters shots, it could help the Scarlet Knights leak out for easy transition buckets again, as they tallied an eye-popping 14 fastbreak points in their last matchup against the stout Badgers transition defense.

Rutgers Due for Positive Regression From Three?

The Scarlett Knights have struggled on the offensive end, where they rank 278th in adjusted efficiency and have shot a mere 28.9% (347th in D-1) from deep. In fact, they’ve shot a putrid 26% over their last five games. That said, they’re facing a Badgers defense that ranks 286th in open three rate (per shot quality). This is reflected in their three-point defense, where opponents have shelled Greg Gard’s squad for a 39.1% clip (14th in Big Ten) in conference play.

We surely can’t expect the Scarlet Knights to shoot 58% from the perimeter again against Wisconsin, but it’s reasonable to expect them to break out of their recent shooting slump against a squad that doesn’t defend the three well.

If you’re into trends, Wisconsin is 0-9-1 against the spread following a loss. The best available line is currently Rutgers .

Best of luck betting on college basketball odds tonight!

Utilize Power Ratings

Haslametrics projects a final score of 71.2-61.1, favoring Wisconsin.

Erik Haslam, who owns and operates this college hoops analytics site, will make his return to the Outside Shots podcast in March. Catch this week’s episode below.

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