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Wisconsin vs. Rutgers odds, line: 2021 college basketball picks, Jan. 15 predictions from proven model

The No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers travel to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a 9 p.m. ET tip-off on Friday evening in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights (7-4) were in the Top 25 earlier in the season but have lost four of their last five. Wisconsin, meanwhile, has a 10-3 overall record. The Badgers are fourth in the Big Ten at 4-2. Rutgers is tied for seventh in the conference with a 3-4 Big Ten mark.

The Badgers are 2.5-point road favorites in the latest Wisconsin vs. Rutgers odds. The over-under for total points is set at 133.5. Before making any Rutgers vs. Wisconsin picks, check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Wisconsin vs. Rutgers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting trends for Rutgers vs. Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin vs. Rutgers spread: Wisconsin -2.5
  • Wisconsin vs. Rutgers over-under: 133.5 points
  • Wisconsin vs. Rutgers money line: Rutgers +122; Wisconsin -147
  • WISC: 6-7 ATS this season
  • RUT: 5-5 ATS this season

Why Wisconsin can cover

Wins over teams such as Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota and Indiana helped launch Wisconsin into the top 10. The Badgers, however, had an embarrassing setback against Michigan earlier this week, falling 77-54 against the Wolverines. Michigan had a 40-23 edge at the break and never looked back.

The Badgers are looking to bounce back in this one and they have the talent and balance to do it. Guard D’Mitrik Trice leads the team with 15.2 points and 3.5 assists per game. Forward Micah Potter averages 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds. Forwards Nate Reuvers (9.8 ppg) and Aleem Ford (9.5 ppg) are also big contributors. The Badgers have generally played well on the defensive end this season, giving up just 62.7 points per game.

Why Rutgers can cover

The Scarlet Knights aren’t playing with the same confidence they had during a six-game winning streak to open the season, but they’ve still shown the ability to compete with just about anybody. They lost just 77-75 to then-No. 10 Iowa on Jan. 2 and they also have wins against Syracuse, Maryland, Illinois and Purdue on their resume.

Ron Harper Jr. leads Rutgers with 20.1 points per game. He also grabs 6.2 boards per contest, ranking second on the team. Harper is shooting a blistering 45.5 percent from 3-point range. Guard Jacob Young averages 15.5 points per game, while center Myles Johnson averages 7.5 points and leads the team with 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

How to make Wisconsin vs. Rutgers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with the simulations showing the teams will combine for 142 points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Rutgers vs. Wisconsin? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.