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College Basketball Betting Picks for January 16: Big Ten Conference Spotlight on Bloomington

Mackenzie Mgbako Indiana Hoosiers v Minnesota Golden Gophers
Mackenzie Mgbako #21 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Tuesday’s college basketball betting spotlight is being hogged by the Big Ten where the league’s top three teams are in action, including a huge rivalry matchup between Purdue and Indiana.

Picks Summary

  • Indiana +10 (-110)
  • Baylor -1 (-110)
  • Wisconsin -6 (-105)
  • *All odds from Bet365 (check our Bet365 Review)

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall


To the folks in the other 49 states, it’s just a basketball game. To the fine folks of Indiana, a Hoosiers-Boilermakers matchup is the very essence of life, and they’ll get to live it Tuesday night when Zach Edey and Purdue visit Bloomington.

218th Collision in Historic Series

It never really matters where Purdue and Illinois are in the standings, but with both 4-2 and chasing Wisconsin in the Big Ten race, it should add to the action at top sportsbooks. That action includes the Badgers -10 with 151 for the scoreboard target.

For Purdue fans, winning the Big Ten a year ago was nice, but it wasn’t perfect since the Boilermakers lost both regular season meetings to Indiana. The game at Assembly Hall saw the Hoosiers enjoy a big first half then hold off the Boilermakers for a 79-74 triumph.

Indiana’s season sweep last year ended a 10-1 run in the rivalry by Purdue, and the Boilermakers own a 125-92 all-time advantage. Both of last year’s clashes went past totals in the upper-130s, ending a string of three consecutive ‘under’ winners in the series.

Boilers’ Last 3 Hop the Totals

Purdue bounced back from just its second loss of the season with a 95-78 win over Penn State this past Saturday, just missing the cover as 18-point chalk. Indiana also rebounded from a road loss with an impressive 74-62 win over Minnesota this past Friday, easily covering the -4½.

Zach Edey had a big game in Bloomington a year ago with 34 points and 18 boards, but the Hoosiers effectively shut down the rest of the Boilermakers. Expect something similar this time and for Indiana to stay inside the number.

NCAAB Pick: Indiana +10 (-110) at Bet365


Baylor Bears vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – 08:00 PM ET at Bramlage Coliseum


Sandwiched between the two crucial Big Ten battles is a key Big 12 contest as the Baylor Bears put their unbeaten conference record on the line with a tough trip to the Little Apple to take on Kansas State.

‘Under’ Cashes in Baylor’s Last 3

The Bears moved to 3-0 in the Big 12 – and won their 5th in a row – on Saturday with a 62-59 decision over Cincinnati. Baylor was favored by 6½, and needed about a 6½-minute scoring drought by the Bearcats in the second half to avoid the upset.

Saturday wasn’t as kind to the Wildcats, who dropped a tough 60-59 decision on the road to Texas Tech. Kansas State let an 11-point halftime lead slip through their hands with 18 turnovers and a 10-point disadvantage in the paint.

Dai Dai Ames, a key backcourt piece in Jerome Tang’s rotation, missed the game in Lubbock due to a foot injury. The 6-1 freshman is listed as questionable to take the floor vs. Baylor.

‘Cats Broomed Bears in 2023

Kansas State upset the NCAAB odds with a season sweep of Baylor last season, winning the game at Bramlage as a 2-point underdog and pulling off an overtime win in Waco where the Wildcats were getting 7½. The Bears had won the previous seven, three of those in Manhattan.

Favored by 1 this time, Baylor gets the road win to stay perfect atop the Big 12.

NCAAB Pick: Baylor -1 (-110) at Bet365


Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – 09:00 PM ET at Bryce Jordan Center


It’s never a surprise to see Wisconsin at or near the top of the Big Ten standings. But after beginning the season trailing a half-dozen others on the NCAAB futures, it is something of a mild shock to see the Badgers a perfect 5-0 on the league schedule.

Nittany Lions 4-5 ATS at Home

Bet365 believes the good times will continue for Greg Gard and the Badgers when they travel to Penn State on Tuesday. Wisconsin is giving up 6 with 145½ for the total.

The Badgers relied on a late burst to win their sixth in a row this past Saturday, scoring the game’s final 8 points to beat Northwestern, 71-63. AJ Storr’s jumper broke a 63-all tie with 2:32 remaining, and the 6-7 sophomore added four more free throws after that.

Holding the Wildcats scoreless at the end allowed Wisconsin to just beat the 7-point spread, the fifth consecutive cover for the Badgers.

Penn State dropped both games last week, a 76-72 defeat to Northwestern, followed by a 95-78 setback at Purdue on Saturday. Both losses skipped the totals, leaving ‘over’ bettors 4-1 across the Nittany Lions’ last five trips to the floor.

UW 5-0 SU & ATS Last 5 Meetings

It’s a rivalry that has been dominated by Wisconsin to the tune of a 4:1 ratio in the W-L columns. The Badgers have won and covered the last five, with a January 2021 upset the only Penn State win in the last 19 matchups.

Don’t look for me to go against the current streak of Wisconsin wins in the rivalry. Badgers win it, 76-69.

NCAAB Pick: Wisconsin -6 (-105) at Bet365

*The line and/or odds referenced in this article might have changed since the content was published. For the latest information on line movements, visit OddsTrader’s free betting odds tool.

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