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How the public is betting No. 9 Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Rutgers and Wisconsin are both looking to bet back on track on Friday night. Where do the bettors see this game going?

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The ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 43-6 run in a loss to the Michigan Wolverines earlier this week, while the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak after being ranked as high as No. 11 this season. This game will start at 9 p.m. ET from Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Wisconsin is coming in as three-point favorites in this matchup, and that’s where a significant portion of the money on this game is headed. The Badgers are getting 85% of the point spread bets in this game on their side along with 83% of the handle.

Is the public right? Yes. Rutgers’ struggles seems to be more of a consistent issue as it has lost four of its last five including three straight. Meanwhile, Wisconsin was completely blown out in a way that doesn’t happen often for this team. The Badgers’ struggle is more of an outlier than the Rutgers struggles.

Over/Under

The point total is set at 135 and as is usually the case, bettors are siding with the over with 77% of the bets in addition to 70% of the handle.

Is the public right? No, I’ll side with the under. Both teams have trends to the over, but these are two teams that play relatively slow especially Wisconsin. The Badgers rank 298th in possessions per game, while Rutgers checks in at No. 189.

Moneyline

Wisconsin has -159 odds to win this game outright as the favorite, while Rutgers is at +130 to pull off the upset. Seventy-three percent of bettors are siding with the Badgers with 67% of the handle.

Is the public right? Yes, Wisconsin will win this game. The Badgers haven’t dropped two games in a row in nearly a full calendar year, and they should pull out a victory against a struggling Rutgers team.

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