In this exciting matchup between Big Ten powerhouses, #17 Indiana will travel to the Kohl Center to take on #25 Wisconsin. While the Badgers (16-5, 5-3) were expected to be one of the league’s top teams, the Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) have been one of the nation’s most pleasant surprises with marquee victories over both Ohio State and Kentucky.
A large part of Indiana’s success has been the production of freshman Cody Zeller. The younger brother of UNC’s Tyler, Zeller leads the Hoosiers in scoring at 15.1 points per game and has been incredibly efficient with a 65.9% field goal percentage.
On the other side, senior guard Jordan Taylor is the clear-cut number one option for Bo Ryan’s ballclub. The 6’1″ guard has seen his scoring drop from around 18 ppg last season to just 14 this year, but don’t be fooled, Taylor remains one of the most dangerous players in the nation.
Wisconsin opened as a 7-point favorite at the market-setting Cris sportsbook and, according to Sports Insights’ College Basketball Betting Trends, is currently receiving 40% of spread bets and 45% of moneyline wagers.
While the majority of bettors are taking Indiana and the points, the line has increased to -8 at CRIS. This reverse-line movement indicates that early sharp money has taken the home Badgers.
At the time of publication, this game is the second most heavily bet college basketball game of the day (trailing only NC State-UNC) and with a 9 o’clock start time it’s reasonable to expect more movement before tip-off.
The following table shows the breakdown of spread betting percentages from our six contributing sportsbooks: