Big Ten Conference action is going to start to heat up now that the calendar has flipped to 2024, and there are a ton of big games on the schedule. The Iowa Hawkeyes are set to visit the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday night for a game that will impact the race.
Iowa is coming into this game with some momentum as they have rattled off three straight wins, and all of them have been in dominant fashion. The Hawkeyes are sitting at just 8-5 on the year, and they are not considered to be a real threat to win the conference.
Wisconsin has looked like a real contender to win the Big Ten Conference this season, and they are already 1-0 in league play. The Badgers are currently sitting at 9-3 on the year, and they are ranked 21st in the most recent poll.
The Wisconsin Badgers are 6.5-point betting favorites over the Iowa Hawkeyes in this Big Ten Conference showdown on Tuesday night.
Hawkeyes Are Explosive
The Iowa Hawkeyes continue to be an extremely explosive offensive team as they are scoring nearly 88 points per game this season. Iowa shoots a ton of three-point shots on offense, and they are willing to gamble on defense in order to get the basketball back.
Forward Ben Krikke is leading the way with 17.0 points per game, and he has been an unstoppable force down low. Freshman Owen Freeman looks like the best newcomer in the league this season, and he will have a say in this game as well.
Defense continues to be optional for Iowa as this team is allowing over 77 points per game. At some point this Hawkeyes team will have to get stops in order to rack up wins in conference action.
Badgers Want to Defend
This Wisconsin Badgers team is allowing just 64.9 points per game this season, and this program always focuses on that side of the floor. Wisconsin wants to slow the game down on offense, and that will frustrate an Iowa team that wants to score.
Even though the Badgers always seem to do a good job of dictating the pace of a game, at some point this team will need to score some points. Wisconsin is scoring 74.2 points per game, but they don’t always show the ability to shoot the ball well.
Guard AJ Storr is leading the team with 15.0 points per game, but other players are going to need to step up on Tuesday night.
Iowa Battles; Badgers Win
The Big Ten Conference continues to be one of the most competitive leagues in the entire country, and close to 10 teams will likely make it to the NCAA Tournament. Iowa has a ton to prove throughout the remainder of the season, but this team can really score.
Wisconsin will try to do everything that they can to slow down the action in this game, and that should be possible on their home floor. The Badgers just haven’t proven that they can score points at will, and that will create some issues in this game.
Taking the 6.5 points and backing the Iowa Hawkeyes is the bet to make in this game, but it will be the Wisconsin Badgers that come away with the win.