Grambling State Tigers at Wisconsin Badgers Betting Prediction 12/22/18

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The 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) welcome the Grambling State Tigers (6-6) to Kohl Center. The Badgers look to continue their five-game winning streak. The game starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Grambling State Tigers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Odds

Both teams had no trouble getting past their last opponent. The Badgers defeated the Coppin State Eagles 85-63, while the Tigers beat the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs 105-68.

Grambling State played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.618 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1. For those same stats, Jarvis Christian was 0.362 and 30.5, respectively. Meanwhile, Wisconsin played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 6.5 and a free throw rate of 0.377. Coppin State was 17.5 and 0.169, respectively, for those same stats. Ethan Happ had a strong outing for Wisconsin, registering 10 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds on his way to his zeroth triple-double this year. Meanwhile, Dallas Polk-Hilliard fueled Grambling State with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tigers’ Polk-Hilliard has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Happ has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Badgers.

Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a balanced contest. The upper-echelon Wisconsin offense ranks 22nd in the NCAA in that metric at 0.566, while the top-notch Grambling State defense is ranked 38th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.453).

Grambling State vs. Wisconsin ATS Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Wisconsin, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Grambling State ranks 46th in rebounds per game (39.3) while Wisconsin ranks 149th (35.5).
  • The Tigers average 4.3 blocks per game, which ranks 49th in the country. The Badgers rank 86th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
  • Wisconsin is 15th in the NCAA with 9.7 assists allowed per game while Grambling State is 51st with 11.3 assists allowed per game.
  • The Badgers rank seventh in steals allowed per game (4.3) while the Tigers rank 103rd (6.6).
  • Wisconsin ranks 194th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while Grambling State ranks 262nd (14.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 2.9 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Badgers have scored an average of 79.6 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (3.6 below their season average).