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

Pittsburgh Panthers (21-11) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (20-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Pittsburgh Panthers face off on Friday in a first round East Region college basketball battle in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 20-12 this season and that was enough to earn them the number seven seed in the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin is averaging 68.9 points per game and they are shooting 43 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Nigel Hayes leads the Badgers averaging 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.4 points, Ethan Happ is averaging 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Vitto Brown is averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. Wisconsin is 1-2 in neutral site games and 8-5 in games outside of the Big Ten.

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

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The Pittsburgh Panthers are 21-11 this season and that earned them the number 10 seed on the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt is averaging 75.8 points per game and they are shooting 45.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Michael Young leads the Panthers averaging 16 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Jamel Artis is averaging 14.4 points, James Robinson is averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 assists, and Sheldon Jeter is averaging 8.0 points. Pittsburgh is 3-1 in neutral site games and 11 in games outside of the ACC.

Wisconsin is 15-4 against the spread against the ACC, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four neutral site games. Pittsburgh is 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games, 0-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-4 against the spread following a loss.

This is a tough one because I can’t forgive Wisconsin’s loss to Nebraska where they  just stunk up the place and Pittsburgh rarely fails to disappoint in big spots but while it is just a lean my pick is Pittsburgh. 

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Pittsburgh Panthers +2

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