Nicholls State vs Wisconsin Prediction: Can Wisco Cover Massive Spread?

Nicholls State vs. Wisconsin prediction and pick for Wednesday's college basketball showdown between the two. Find out how Jason Radowitz is betting it
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Wed, December 15, 11:01 AM EST | 4 min read
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Nicholls State vs Wisconsin Prediction: Can Wisco Cover Massive Spread?

The Wisconsin Badgers have been all over the map to start the year. The Badgers are 8-2 on the year with wins over plenty of quality teams like Indiana, Houston, and St. Mary’s. However, Wisconsin just lost a road game to Ohio State by 18 points and will look for a get-right game against Nicholls State.

Nicholls State has already faced four non-D1 opponents to start the year. So when you look at their record of 7-3, it’s pretty misleading. The Colonels have a solid win against Northern Iowa but other than that, have been average.

Will facing real competition hurt Nicholls against a Big Ten team in Wisconsin? Here are our picks and predictions for the non-conference matchup between the Nicholls State Colonels and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: BTN

INJURY REPORT

Nicholls

No Injuries Reported

Wisconsin

Questionable: G Lorne Bowman II (Illness), F Carter Gilmore (Illness)

Nicholls State vs Wisconsin odds

Nicholls State vs Wisconsin Prediction

The Wisconsin Badgers will take on three easy non-conference games in their next three games. It’s the perfect time to get these three games after a loss to Ohio State. It’s time to regroup and Wisconsin is about to do just that.

It’s no question that Wisconsin is going to beat Nicholls State at home. However, we want to know if Wisconsin can cover the hefty spread.

The Badgers have been terrific on the defensive end, holding opponents to a 46.2 percent effective field goal percentage. Wisconsin is also keeping teams off the glass on the defensive end and limiting fouls.

Against Nicholls State, those qualities will be crucial. Nicholls State is earning just 24.4 percent offensive rebounds while getting to the line at a low rate.

If you’re Wisconsin, you might even want to hack a little bit knowing Nicholls State is shooting 55.8 percent from the foul line this season.

Meanwhile, the Badgers offense hasn’t been all that consistent. Without Johnny Davis, things would be a bit hard. Thankfully, Davis is around and he’s scoring 20.9 points per game on 46.6 percent from the field.

Wisconsin won’t turn the ball over at a high rate. The Badgers just turn the ball over 12.8 percent of the time on the offensive end, which is good for third in the nation. However, Wisconsin doesn’t shoot all that well, knocking just 29.7 percent of threes in the net and 46.3 percent inside the arc.

Still, Nicholls will ultimately foul a lot in this game and that should help the Badgers get to the line at a high rate. It’s also a place where the Baders are shooting 78.7 percent from this season.

Ultimately, Wisconsin isn’t the best on the glass on the offensive end but should have success getting second chances against Nicholls State. That will be the difference in the game. It’s a lot of points at -19 for Wisconsin, but I still like them to cover.

Nicholls State Colonels vs Wisconsin Badgers Pick

  • Wisconsin -19 (-110)

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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