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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Chicago State Cougars: Game Thread

Can the Badgers finish off 2023 on a strong note at home?

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Arizona Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers are set to face off against the Chicago State Cougars on Friday, currently coming off a 75-60 win over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.lle State

With the win last week, the Badgers stand at an 8-3 record, which they’ll look to improve on Friday against Chicago State, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 P.M. CT on the Big Ten Network.

Chicago State, standing at 7-9, recently upset the then-No. 25 Northwestern Wildcats 75-73 on the road on December 13th, despite being 24.5-point underdogs entering that game.

The Gamecocks have scored 65.7 points a game, but shoot just 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from three.

In Thursday’s game, the Badgers are seen as 23.5-point favorites, with the over/under set at 132.5 points.

Looking at the spread, it’s tough to pick a game like this one where the Badgers are favored by such a high amount, but I’m leaning towards the under on points.

The Badgers have a significant size advantage, and I just don’t see Chicago State reaching a high scoring total.

While I see the Badgers scoring above 70-75 points, I don’t think Chicago State matches their season average of 65 points, and will predict the under here.

Prediction: Under 132.5 points