Wisconsin vs. Wisc-Green Bay - 11/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (1-0) at Wisconsin Badgers (2-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Green Bay Phoenix and Wisconsin Badgers play Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
The Green Bay Phoenix won their season opener by beating up the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars, 88-57. Green Bay shot 47.7 percent from the field and had 19 assists on 31 made baskets, while the defense held the Stars to 32.8 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers. Keifer Sykes led the way with 22 points and six assists, while Greg Mays had 14 points and six rebounds. Sykes is the leader of this Green Bay team and will carry it on the offensive end with his ability to attack the cup. Daeshon Francis chipped in nine points in 18 minutes off the bench and Jordan Fouse finished 4-7 from the field. The Green Bay Phoenix are the favorite to win the Horizon League and will treat this as a statement game considering its the only ranked opponent they play all season.
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The Wisconsin Badgers are a quick 2-0 with wins over Northern Kentucky and Chattanooga. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 75.5 points on 51.4 percent shooting and are allowing 38 points on 29.4 percent shooting. Sam Dekker leads Wisconsin with 16.5 points on 63.2 percent shooting and Frank Kaminsky is averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Traevon Jackson and Nigel Hayes are the other two Wisky players to average double-digit points, and Josh Gasser is 3-4 from downtown this season. With the experience and combination of offense and defense, the Wisconsin Badgers are the favorite to win the Big Ten and have a good enough team to make another run for a national championship. Duje Dukan is eligible to play in this game after serving his suspension.
The Phoenix are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Badgers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Phoenix are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Wisconsin and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
Green Bay is a team that shouldn't be slept on, but I think the Wisconsin Badgers are the best team in the country right now. It would take a hell of a performance from Sykes for Green Bay to keep this thing close. I see the Badgers rolling here.