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Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (21-11) at Wisconsin Badgers (20-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -3 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Wisconsin Badgers meet Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

The Pittsburgh Panthers play in their third tournament in the last four years. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 75.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Michael Young is averaging 16 points and seven rebounds while Jamel Artis is averaging 14.4 points and 3.1 assists. James Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Sheldon Jeter is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers are 3-1 on neutral courts this season.

Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers haven’t missed the tournament since 1998. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 68.9 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Nigel Hayes is averaging 16.3 points and three assists while Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Ethan Happ is the third double-digit scorer and Vitto Brown is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Wisconsin Badgers are 1-2 on neutral courts this season.

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Badgers are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 vs. Atlantic Coast and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. 

Besides a brutal loss in the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin has been really consistent. Pittsburgh struggles to put the ball in the hoop at times. The Badgers also have the best player on the floor in Hayes. I like Wisky and the small line. 

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Wisconsin Badgers -3

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