Arizona Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers - 3/29/14 West Region
Wisconsin Badgers (29-7) at Arizona Wildcats (33-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona Wildcats will meet Saturday night in the NCAA tournament Elite Eight.
Wisconsin was able to beat American University, Oregon and then destroyed Baylor in the Sweet 16. The Badgers are playing some of their best basketball of the season, winning 12 of their last 14 games. On the season, Wisconsin averages 73.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allows 63.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. The Badgers have several players who can shoot from anywhere on the court with four players averaging at least 10.7 points per game. Frank Kaminsky leads Wisconsin with 13.7 points per game. Wisconsin can also win with its defense, as it held an explosive offensive Baylor squad to just 16 first half points. The Wisconsin Badgers are 20-16 ATS overall.
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Arizona has beat up Weber State, Gonzaga and San Diego State to reach the Elite Eight. Considered one of the best teams left in the tournament, the Wildcats have held six of their last seven opponents to 64 or less points. On the season, Arizona averages 73.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allows 58.4 points on 38 percent shooting. Arizona is led by guard Nick Johnson, who averages 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds, but the Wildcats defense that has held its last five opponents to an average of 36.7 percent shooting is their bread and butter. The Arizona Wildcats are 21-15 ATS overall.
The Badgers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games.
This game all comes down to whether or not Wisconsin can make its shots against an aggressive Arizona defense. However, the Wildcats needed a little luck to get by San Diego State, and the Badgers aren’t a team that hurts themselves. Wisconsin also shoots 73.9 percent from the free throw line, while Arizona shoots 65.8 percent from the free throw line.
I’m taking the Badgers and the points, but I probably won’t need them.