The Wisconsin Badgers are on the road tonight when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in Big Ten College Basketball action. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Currently the Betting Odds for the game have the Badgers favored by double digits to pick up the win.
Wisconsin has the best player in the Big Ten in Frank Kaminsky. Penn State has one of the best players in the league that not many pay attention to in D.J. Newbill, who leads the conference in scoring at 20.8 points per contest. Newbill poured in 25 points in the team's close loss to Maryland on Saturday. The loss was the fourth consecutive for the Nittany Lions against ranked teams this season compared to zero wins.
Penn State is allowing Big Ten opponents to score 66 points per game on average, the 13th overall mark in the league. Back on New Year's Eve the Nittany Lions got drilled by a fourth-ranked Wisconsin team, allowing 89 points to the Badgers, who finished with four starters in double figures — led by Nigel Hayes with 21 points. Wisconsin got 18 points and 14 rebounds in that game from Kaminsky, who has put together solid games in the conference all season. Penn State got a great game from Newbill with 29 points, but Penn State gave up 43 first-half points and 46 more in the second half. Not good.
Tonight's game features a Penn State team that has dropped four of the last five overall, the lone win coming at home over Nebraska. Penn State has not been successful in the conference slate, but they have put together a solid home campaign, going 10-3. Wisconsin, though, is one of the better road teams in the country with wins in seven of their eight games so far this year.
Wisconsin is playing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Penn State's only shot is to win the conference tournament. The Badgers will roll in tonight's game as they are playing very well under Bo Ryan.
Free Pick: Wisconsin 80, Penn State 63
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