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Arizona vs. Wisconsin - 3/28/15 Elite Eight Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Wildcats (34-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (34-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Arizona Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Arizona Wildcats haven’t lost since February 7th and are coming off a win over Xavier. On the season, Arizona is averaging 76.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 59 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and T.J. McConnell is dishing 6.3 assists. The Arizona Wildcats have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 71.2 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last six games.

Arizona vs. Wisconsin - 3/28/15 Elite Eight Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers have won nine straight and are coming off a win over North Carolina. On the season, Wisky is averaging 72.5 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 57.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Traevon Jackson is dishing 2.8 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have five players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 76.5 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in three of its last four games.

The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12 and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 neutral site games. 

I've been saying for much of the season that the Wisconsin Badgers are the best team in the country. This team can hurt you in so many different ways and has the experience to boot. Sure, Arizona will be looking for revenge after last season, but I truly think the wrong team is favored here. I really like Wisconsin to advance. 

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