Lehigh vs Wisconsin Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 15 (Badgers' Defensive Play Leads to Blowout Victory)

Devon Platana
Lehigh vs Wisconsin prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Lehigh vs Wisconsin prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
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Lehigh vs Wisconsin Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (4-4, 1-3 Away) vs. No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 3-1 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Kohl Center — Madison, WI
Coverage: Big Ten Network

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 15 with another action-packed slate, including a showdown between the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers.

Lehigh has been trending in the wrong direction lately, losing 88-62 to UMBC in its last outing on Dec. 3 to mark the Mountain Hawks' second straight loss. Meanwhile, Wisconsin picked up its third straight win with a 78-75 overtime effort against Iowa on Sunday, led by a 21-point, seven-rebound effort from Tyler Wahl in 40 minutes of action.

Can Lehigh pull off the upset to get back on the right track? Or will Wisconsin continue remaining a force at home?

Lehigh vs Wisconsin Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: LEH: (+2400) | WISC: (-10000)
Spread: LEH: +22.5 (-105) | WISC: -22.5 (-115)
Total: 132.5 - Over: (-112) | Under: (-108)

Wisconsin enters this contest as the heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 132.5 points, which is among the lowest of Thursday's projected totals.

Lehigh vs Wisconsin Prediction & Pick

One of the reasons why Lehigh came up short against UMBC is that the former couldn't get the stops it needed on the perimeter. The Retrievers shot 11-of-27 (40.7%) from three-point range and now the Mountain Hawks must face a Badgers team that averages 9.8 threes on 41.5% shooting through four games at Kohl Center.

Playing away from home has also been tough for Lehigh, carrying a minus-10.5 scoring margin on the road, whereas Wisconsin is a plus- 9.8 at home. Furthermore, the Mountain Hawks have also dropped 10 straight games against the Big Ten, adding more doubt to the idea of a potential upset.

With the Badgers also holding opponents to just 61.3 PPG (No. 30) on 40.7% shooting (No. 70) this season, I don't anticipate that Lehigh will get much going tonight. All signs point to a blowout victory for Wisconsin.

Final Score Prediction: Wisconsin: 77 | Lehigh: 53

Lehigh vs Wisconsin Betting Trends

- Lehigh is 1-10 straight up in its last 11 games played in December.
- Wisconsin is 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Lehigh's last six games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Wisconsin's last six games.

Lehigh vs Wisconsin Best Bet

Large spreads can be tricky, but I'm confident that Wisconsin can cover this one. The Badgers have covered the spread in six of their last seven games and now get to play the Mountain Hawks, who just lost to UMBC by 26 points on top of being 2-6 ATS in their last eight outings.

With Wisconsin being a much better team than UMBC, I see another blowout loss coming Lehigh's way.

Bet: Wisconsin -22.5 (-115)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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