Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 30 (Badgers Extend Winning Streak to Five)

Larry Rupp
Wisconsin vs Western Michigan prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Wisconsin vs Western Michigan prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Morry Gash
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Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 15 Wisconsin (9-2) vs. Western Michigan (4-8)
  • Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Kohl Center -- Madison, Wisconsin

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Friday with a thrilling matchup between the Western Michigan Broncos and No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers. Western Michigan took down Siena Heights, 61-41, its last time out on Dec. 21. Markeese Hastings racked up an impressive 18 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin took care of business in a 78-56 win over Lehigh in its most recent game (Dec. 15). Four Badgers scored in double digits as the team shot 51.7% from the floor as a whole. Head coach Greg Gard's team is rising up the AP Poll rankings thanks to its four-game winning streak.

Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Odds & Spread

Wisconsin enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 125.5 points, which is below average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Betting Trends

  • Wisconsin has eight wins in 10 games against the spread this season.
  • The Badgers have no wins ATS (0-1) as a 21.5-point favorite or greater this year.
  • This season, six of Wisconsin's 10 games have hit the over.
  • Western Michigan's record against the spread is 3-6-0.
  • The Broncos are unbeaten ATS (1-0) as a 21.5-point underdog or greater this year.
  • Western Michigan has seen four of its nine games hit the over.
Wisconsin Rank Wisconsin AVG Western Michigan AVG Western Michigan Rank
276th 68.3 Points Scored 68.6 266th
26th 60.8 Points Allowed 67.6 151st
233rd 31.6 Rebounds 35.8 62nd
324th 6.8 Off. Rebounds 11.1 35th
78th 8.6 3pt Made 7.8 156th
222nd 13 Assists 13.1 218th
11th 9.7 Turnovers 13.8 295th

Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Prediction & Pick

It's worth noting three of Western Michigan's four wins this season have come against Non-Division I competition, which makes this battle against Wisconsin even more of a mismatch. The Broncos have even been held to under 60 points in each of their last five games against a Division I opponent.

The Badgers' defense should have no trouble doing exactly what they have been all year. Wisconsin ranks 36th in defensive efficiency, 23rd in opponent points per game (60.8) and 34th in opponent three-point shooting percentage (28.8%). Western Michigan will have its hands full trying to score.

The Broncos are also 0-15 straight up in their last 15 games against a Big Ten opponent, making the Badgers the clear choice here.

Final Score Prediction: Wisconsin: 76 | Western Michigan: 50

Wisconsin vs Western Michigan Best Bet

This is the final non-conference game for Wisconsin, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Badgers keep their foot on the pedal in order to gain more positive momentum. Covering a 20.5-point spread won't be easy, but Wisconsin is a respectable 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight games.

Western Michigan is only 1-7 ATS in its last eight games. It is also turning the ball over a ridiculous 14.7 times per game (T-No. 305) and giving up 19.4 free throw attempts per away game. That means the Badgers are going to have a ton of easy scoring opportunities. Back a blowout at the Kohl Center.

Bet: Wisconsin Badgers -20.5 (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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