The Badgers have completely owned this series against Penn State, winning 17 of the last 20 and covering the NCAA basketball betting odds in 16 of those games. Here is a look at this Big 10 matchup between the Nittany Lions and Badgers.
College basketball betting has seen the Badgers win the last 11 games against Penn State. They are a very impressive 10-1 against the NCAA basketball betting line in those games. What is almost as impressive is that nine of those eleven games went under the college basketball betting total.
While the college basketball betting trends seem to point to Wisconsin there are a couple of warning signs if you like the Badgers. The one time that Penn State covered the spread was last year as they lost just 65-61 at Wisconsin. The Badgers are not an explosive offensive team and that is a concern when they are laying points in college basketball betting. Yes, Wisconsin is in the Top 20 but they can struggle to score. They just got by Michigan 54-48 in their last home game. Trevon Hughes scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Badgers.
Penn State is not a very good team but they have done very well on the road against the college basketball betting odds. They are 4-1 against the NCAA basketball betting line on the road this season. The Nittany Lions also play defense as they rank in the Top 50 in the country and that has kept them within the number in many road games. Scoring is a problem though and they figure to struggle against a tough Wisconsin defense.
Wisconsin is 7-2 at home this season vs. the college basketball betting pointspread. The Badgers have one of the best defenses in the nation as they rank 5th in points allowed at just 56.2 points per game. With that solid defense, five of their eight home games this season have gone under the total. That would seem a likely result in this game on Sunday since Penn State can also play defense.
The Badgers are going to get most of the play in this NCAA basketball betting game. Penn State could be competitive though as they have had success this season on the road.