Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats: 2/21/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on February 21, 2021

The Northwestern Wildcats (6-13) will attempt to break a 12-game losing streak when they host the No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers (15-8) on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Welsh-Ryan Arena as 6.5-point underdogs. The game airs at 7:00 PM ET on BTN. The over/under in the matchup is set at 131.

Betting Information

Wisconsin vs Northwestern Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Wisconsin -6.5 -110 -110 131 -112 -109 -295 235

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Wisconsin vs Northwestern
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Northwestern (+6.5) Over (131) Wisconsin 72 Northwestern 67

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Total Facts

  • The Badgers and their opponents have scored no less than 131 points — this matchup’s over/under — in 14 of 23 outings (60.9%) this year.
  • Northwestern has played in 16 games this year (out of 19 total matchups — 84.2% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score at least 131 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 11.7 more points per game (142.7) than this matchup’s over/under of 131 points.
  • The Badgers and the Wildcats have seen their opponents average a combined 4.3 more points per game than the point total of 131 set for this game.
  • The average over/under the Badgers have had set in games this year is 2.1 more points than this outing’s point total.
  • Wildcats games this year have averaged a total of 144.9 points, 13.9 more than the point total in this matchup.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Badgers put up just 2.2 fewer points per game (69.9) than the Wildcats allow (72.1).
  • When Wisconsin scores more than 72.1 points, it is 5-0 against the spread and 8-0 overall.
  • Northwestern has a 4-6-1 record against the spread and a 1-10 record overall when allowing more than 69.9 points.
  • The Wildcats’ 72.8 points per game are 9.6 more points than the 63.2 the Badgers give up to opponents.
  • Northwestern is 7-0-1 against the spread and 6-9 overall when it scores more than 63.2 points.
  • Wisconsin is 1-6 against the spread and 2-5 overall when it allows its opponents to put up more than 72.8 points.
  • The Badgers have put up a total of 154 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 6.7 per game), and the Wildcats have out-scored opponents by just 13 points on the season (0.7 more per game).

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Wisconsin Betting Information

  • Wisconsin has struggled against the spread, going 11-12 on the year.
  • When favored by at least 6.5 points, the Badgers have fared well against the spread, putting together an 8-6 record.
  • Wisconsin has more often than not combined with its adversaries to fall short of the over, doing so 10 times in 23 contests (43.5%).

Northwestern Betting Information

  • Northwestern has failed to cover the spread in more than half of its outings, going 7-9-1 ATS.
  • When they are at least 6.5-point underdogs, the Wildcats have fared well, going 1-0 against the spread.
  • The Wildcats and their opponents have hit the over in less than half of their matchups this year — 8 of 17 (47.1%).

Head to Head

Wisconsin vs Northwestern (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/20/2021 Wisconsin -11.5 135 -802 +540 Regular Season 68-52 WISC
3/4/2020 Wisconsin -13 133.5 -1132 +677 Regular Season 63-48 WISC
2/23/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 69-64 WISC
1/26/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 62-46 WISC

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Wisconsin Leaders

  • The leader in points and assists for the Badgers is D’Mitrik Trice, who scores 13.5 points and dishes out 4.0 assists per game.
  • Micah Potter is the Badgers best rebounder, pulling down an average of 6.1 boards in each contest while scoring 12.1 points per game.
  • Brad Davison leads the Badgers in three-point shooting with an average of 1.9 threes per game.
  • Tyler Wahl and Nate Reuvers lead Wisconsin on the defensive end, with Wahl leading the team in steals averaging 1.0 per game and Reuvers in blocks averaging 1.2 per contest.

Northwestern Leaders

  • Chase Audige is at the top of the Wildcats scoring leaderboard with 13.3 points per game. He also collects 3.6 rebounds and racks up 1.9 assists per game.
  • The Wildcats’ leader in rebounds is Pete Nance with 6.7 per outing, and their leader in assists is Boo Buie with 4.3 per game.
  • Davison paces his teammates on the Wildcats with 1.7 made threes per outing.
  • Audige (1.5 steals per game) is the steal leader for Northwestern while Nance (0.7 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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