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Idaho State hasn’t lived up to their billing so far this season standing 1-7 overall, but the Bengals will get a shot to prove themselves in the Big Sky come conference play, just like last season. Idaho State returns a lot of talent to a group that’s greatly underperformed thus far with their strength coming from the backcourt. Idaho State was expected to be an offensive juggernaut, but this squad currently ranks just 283rd in the nation in scoring average. Guards Ethan Telfair and Brandon Boyd are some of the best in the Big Sky and these guys are averaging 19.8 and 14.3 points per game respectively. The Bengals were respectable in their last outing losing on the toad to CSUN by just 3 points.
The Wisconsin Badgers should compete right near the top of the Big Ten this season, but this isn’t one of the better offensive teams in Big Ten. Wisconsin will build their success around a veteran group that plays sound defense, as well as leaning on their strong home court advantage. The Badgers have opened the year 7-2 overall with their defeats coming against Creighton and North Carolina in games where Wisconsin came up short on the offensive end. In their last outing Wisconsin flipped the script on Oklahoma going on to beat the Sooners by a final of 90-70.
Wisconsin might be overlooking this one going against a team that’s won just 1 game so far this season and the Badgers are coming off back to back resume building wins against Syracuse and Oklahoma. Idaho State has the potential to keep things respectable based on some of their offensive weapons and we like the Bengals getting the points as the best bet here.
Idaho State +29.5 -110