The Big Ten is represented on Tuesday night on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to pull off the upset on the road against No. 19 Wisconsin in this one. Penn State upset Wisconsin at home on Saturday in an impressive 81-71 win.
The Nittany Lions closed as four-point underdogs in that contest, but bettors didn’t need the points. It was their best win of the season after hanging tough against some good teams earlier in the season. Penn State made Michigan earn a 62-58 win on December 13 in Ann Arbor.
Besides the win over Wisconsin on Saturday, that was the best we’ve seen out of the Nittany Lions on the floor in 2020-21. Following that bullish performance, Penn State hit a wall and cratered back down to earth. They lost their next four games to go on a four-game losing skid.
Penn State finally beat Rutgers on January 21, 75-67, to break out of the funk and get back to winning form. They followed up with another win a couple of days later, this time against Northwestern, 81-78. It really depends which Penn State team wants to show up and play in Madison on Tuesday night.
If they’re not content with their 81-71 win at home, then the Badgers are going to be in for a battle at the Kohl Center in this one. Conversely, the opposite could be true if the Nittany Lions are not interested in travelling to Wisconsin and competing hard.
Penn State enters this contest with an overall record of 6-7 and 3-6 in the Big Ten. They’ve recorded just one win in six outings on the road, so a much better effort is needed in Madison. Wisconsin is a 13-5 team with a record of 7-4 in the Big Ten going into Tuesday. Head below for our free Penn State vs. Wisconsin pick on February 2, 2021.
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Penn State needs the same energy that they came out with against Wisconsin on Saturday. If they can do that, then the Nittany Lions are going to bring this game right down to the wire. However, we haven’t witnessed much pop from Penn State on the road this season. Credit their effort against Michigan in Ann Arbor in a 62-58 loss, but they’ve largely struggled with a mark of 1-5 as a visiting squad. In any event, their offense has been productive this season, with an average of 77.1 points scored per game for 67th in the NCAA.
I just don’t know if we’re going to see the combo of Myreon Jones, Izaiah Brockington, and John Harrah combine for 55 points again in this one. They’re going to need another big performance from that trio, and my confidence isn’t that high on it transpiring. In a rare spot on Saturday, the Badgers’ defense did not look strong against the Nittany Lions.
Those three had their way against a usually dependable Badgers’ defense. Note that Wisconsin is 25th in the NCAA with just 62.8 points conceded per contest. They’ve been a bit better at home, with 60.1 points against.After that shoddy performance at Penn State University, it’s hard to see the Badgers come out on Tuesday night flat again.
They should be well prepared after seeing Penn state on Saturday. Nothing should come as a surprise for the Badgers. If it does, then head coach Greg Gard has to look at himself and answer a few questions after the game. However, I expect Wisconsin to be in much better form tonight.
They likely come out firing off the blocks following a no-show in State College. The Badgers have gone 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games after a losing effort. They have shown the ability to be able to regroup nicely in similar situations in the past following bad losses. I am putting my confidence behind Gard having this team ready to play after a sloppy performance.