Indiana vs Wisconsin Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Basketball Game Odds, Spread, Prediction, Selection

The only scheduled regular-season meeting between Indiana and No. 18 Wisconsin comes Saturday on CBS as the Big Ten rosters try to recover from losing streaks stemming from injuries to key players. Wisconsin (11-4, 3-2 Big Ten) comes in after losing back-to-back, while Indiana (10-6, 1-4) is on a three-game slide, evoking a sense of desperation should when the Big Ten game heats up.

Indiana has lost six of its last nine games since a 7-0 start that saw the Hoosiers rise to 10th on the AP Top 25. Now Indiana also has to deal with the absence of forward Race Thompson, who injured his leg and lost in Iowa last week. With starting point guard Xavier Johnson also sidelined following foot surgery, the Hoosiers are on an injury-related funk.

Defense was the main culprit for Indiana in an 85-66 loss at Penn State on Wednesday as the Nittany Lions drilled 18 of 31 tries from 3-point range. Perimeter defense could also be an issue against a Wisconsin team that has a few snipers. Chucky Hepburn and Connor Essegian both shoot better than 45% from the bow on 4.5 attempts per game for the Badgers.

However, Wisconsin couldn’t overcome the absence of leading scorer Tyler Wahl in a 69-65 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday. Wahl has missed two straight games with an ankle injury he sustained against Minnesota last week. The 6-foot-9 senior averages 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Wisconsin won both meetings last season by five points each, but when the Badgers escaped Assembly Hall last season 74-69, it was in large part due to Johnny Davis and Brad Davison’s combined 51 points, who both left. With no choice, Wisconsin will need significant contributions from across the roster to pick up another big road win this time.

How to watch Indiana vs. Wisconsin live

date: Saturday 14 January | time: 1 p.m. ET
location: Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Indiana
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Indiana vs. Wisconsin prediction, tips

Featured Game | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Indiana is on a defensive funk as it grapples with injuries to veteran starters Xavier Johnson and Race Thompson. The Hoosiers have allowed three straight Big Ten opponents to surpass 80 points and lost all three games. Wisconsin is grappling with its own injury problem as top scorer Tyler Wahl rehabs an ankle injury. But the Badgers have enough firepower elsewhere on the roster to keep them close and maybe even steal a win down the road. Forecast: Wisconsin +4.5

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