Virginia vs. Wisconsin - 11/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (3-3) at Virginia Cavaliers (6-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Wisconsin Badgers will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the Virginia Cavaliers this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Wisconsin Badgers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 71-49, this past Friday. Wisconsin was tough on the defensive end of the court throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 44-27 lead with just 12:23 left in regulation. Wisconsin held Milwaukee to 9.1% (1-11) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Panthers by a 37-25 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Badgers was Ethan Happ who had 14 points, 8 rbeounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 75.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Badgers are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wisconsin has been led by Ethan Happ (18.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Brad Davison (11.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 spg), D’Mitrik Tice (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Brevin Pritzl (9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Wisconsin is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Badgers have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
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The Virginia Cavaliers remained perfect on the season, improving to 6-0 on the year, after defeating the Rhode Island Rams, 70-55, this past Friday to win the Preseason NIT Tournament. Virginia went into halftime with a 30-27 lead and pulled away after a 17-4 run gave the Cavaliers a 52-39 lead with 10:23 left to play in regulation. Virginia shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded the Rams by a 33-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Isaiah Wilkins who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Virginia is averaging 73.3 ppg on 50.8% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (15.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Devon Hall (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg), Isaiah Wilkins (8.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Ty Jerome (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 52.3 ppg on 36.1% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 4.7.
The Badgers are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games vs. ACC opponents however, are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Wisconsin might be only 3-3 on the season, however, all three losses have been in competitive games against top-25 teams. Virginia will be in the top-25 when the new rankings come out on Monday as the Cavaliers have looked like one of the best teams in the country as they rank 2nd in scoring defense, 34th in FG%, and 16th in defensive FG%. Wisconsin has gotten some of their young talent playing well, however, Virginia looks as tough as ever on the defensive end and as their offensive looks like it is able to put up points when needed, I’m taking the Cavaliers to cover this spread.