Wisconsin vs. Iowa odds, picks and prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers (17-11, 10-10 Big 10) clash with the No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-7, 13-6) Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big 10 Men’s College Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Wisconsin-Iowa odds and lines, with NCAA college basketball picks and predictions.

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Wisconsin vs. Iowa: Odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Wisconsin +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Iowa -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Wisconsin +4.5 (-110) | Iowa -4.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 142.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Wisconsin vs. Iowa: Three things to know

  1. The Badgers recovered from a 3-game losing streak by eking out a 75-74 win over Penn State as 5.5-point favorites in the first round of the Big 10 tourney. One of those losses was to the Hawkeyes, 77-73, but Wisconsin covered as 7.5-point underdogs.
  2. Aside from a 22-point blistering at Michigan Feb. 25, Iowa has won the other seven of its past eight games and are 5-3 ATS in those games.
  3. The Hawkeyes have won three straight over the Badgers, but Wisconsin is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings with Iowa.

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Wisconsin vs. Iowa: Odds, lines, predictions and picks


Wisconsin 71, Iowa 68

Money line (ML)

Lean on WISCONSIN (+155) because I like the Badgers plus points, and if it weren’t for garbage officiating at the end of their previous game against the Hawkeyes, Wisconsin would’ve upset them.

Also, Iowa’s best 3-point shooter SF Joe Wieskamp is doubtful to play in this game after spraining his ankle in the game with Wisconsin.

The Hawkeyes led by as many as 11 points before Wieskamp went down and he scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting with two made threes in 12 minutes.

Wieskamp is Iowa’s 2nd-leading scorer and 2nd on the team in win shares and the line is not accounting enough for his absence because Wooden Award finalist C Luka Garza is still in the lineup and the Hawkeyes are having a great season.

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Against the spread (ATS)

Definitely BET WISCONSIN +4.5 (-110) instead of the money line.

The Badgers have the size to make Garza work and the absence of Wieskamp reduces Iowa’s 3-point edge making it easier for a pretty good Wisconsin 3-point defense.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 142.5 (-110). The Under has cashed in six of the previous eight Wisconsin-Iowa games and the market has accounted for Iowa’s scoring prowess hence its 14-13 O/U record.

Furthermore, according to, 80% of the money is on the Over but the total has been moved down from a 145.5-point opener, which tells me the House knows the Under is the right side.

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