Need a best bet in college hoops for Thursday? We got you covered with our breakdown of the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers matchup, which airs at 9:00 PM Eastern on FS1. Our best bet on Florida lost last night, as the Gators just couldn’t hold on to their halftime lead. Let’s get back on track today.
Best Bet for Thursday: Wisconsin -3
We were hoping this line would be around a pick ’em but still feel there’s plenty of value on the Badgers in this spot. Iowa is a supremely talented squad, but they have been beating up on lesser competition the entire season.
Iowa’s strength of schedule is 253rd while Wisconsin’s is 15th. This game is a huge step up in class for the Hawkeyes and we think they’ll be a bit shell-shocked to play a good team with an actual pulse. We love that the Badgers are much more battle-tested than the Hawkeyes.
Most gamblers get enthralled with big-time offenses in college basketball. However, we tend to bet on better defensive teams with a strong home-court advantage. The Badgers check both of those boxes in this spot, as they play solid defense and the Kohl Center is always packed and loud.
Iowa forward Keegan Murray (24.5 points per game) is one of the top players in the Big Ten but Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis (22.3 points per game) is also a solid scoring threat. The Hawkeyes haven’t looked all that great on the road this season. The last time Iowa played on the road they were smoked by Iowa State by 20 points.
This game will probably be much closer than that but we still expect Wisconsin to win and cover this rather short spread. We’ll recommend Wisconsin as our Best Bet for Thursday. Best of luck with all of your college hoops action today!