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February 22, 2018

There is one pick today.

Take Wisconsin +4 spread (buy the half point) against Northwestern for 3% of the bankroll.

The latter part of February has been cruel to the Northwestern Wildcats. They come into this matchup struggling, losing 4 straight, with their last two coming in heart-breaking fashion. They blew a 27-point lead against #2 Michigan State and followed that performance up with another second half collapse against Maryland. They have essentially blown their chances of making a second straight NCAA tournament and realizing that fact has taken a toll on the players' morale and it has shown in their play on the court. This is a team that has struggled to close out games recently, which makes this contest all the more intriguing.

The Wisconsin Badgers have certainly had a down year this season and struggled early out of the gate. That being said, this team is playing some of its best basketball of the season, having won three out of their last 4 games, including an impressive victory over then highly ranked Purdue. This team has seemingly found a groove on both sides of the basketball and pose quite the stiff challenge to a struggling Northwestern team.

This is the second meeting between these two teams this season, with the Wildcats getting the better of the Badgers, 60-52 in Madison at the beginning of the month. This is a revenge game for the Badgers, against a team they have owned in recent meetings, and given how well they have been playing as of late, could make things difficult for the Wildcats in this contest. This should be a closely contested matchup but given the way the Badgers have been playing and the fact that Northwestern is reeling, we believe the Badgers have value getting more than a bucket, especially in a game they could potentially win outright.

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