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The Oklahoma Sooners knew they were going to be heading into somewhat of a rebuild this season given the amount of veteran talent that moved on this past offseason and this group is picked to finish more in the middle of the Big 12 this go around as a result. Oklahoma has opened the year 5-1 overall with their one defeat coming in a collapse against Northern Iowa on a neutral site. In their last outing Oklahoma took care of business against a overmatched Northern Colorado group picking up the win by a final of 87-66. The Sooners are one of the better coached teams in the nation and this group has been showing some good signs on both sides of the ball ranking around 70th in the nation in scoring average and total defense.
Many thought this Wisconsin squad could be one of the top teams in the nation coming into the year, but early defeats away from home against Creighton and North Carolina have tempered expectations slightly. This is still a very experienced Wisconsin group that’ll be a huge threat come the month of March, but nobody will deny the Badgers have some work to do on the offensive side of the ball. Wisconsin built off of their home crowd and strong defense in their last outing as the Badgers went on to beat Syracuse by a final of 77-60. The Badgers’ are loaded with returning experience and this group has been led by Bronson Koenig who’s averaging 15.1 points per game.
Wisconsin has one of the better home court advantages in the nation and that’ll work in the Badgers’ favor today, just like it did in their recent win against Syracuse. Oklahoma isn’t the same kind of threat they were a season ago and we like for the Badgers to go on and pull away in this one as they win and cover the spread.
Wisconsin -9.5 -110