Arizona Vs Wisconsin Elite 8 Point Spread & ATS Pick

Arizona Vs Wisconsin Elite 8 Point Spread & ATS Pick

Arizona Vs Wisconsin Elite 8 Point Spread & ATS Pick

What can make an Elite Eight March Madness tilt better? A rematch!

The second-seeded Arizona Wildcats will take on the top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Badgers were the No. 2 seed a year ago when they upset the top-seeded Wildcats 64-63 in overtime as 3.5-point underdogs in Anaheim.

A Closer Look At The Arizona Wildcats Vs Wisconsin Badgers Elite Eight Point Spread & ATS Pick

Matchup: (2) Arizona Wildcats vs (1) Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Mar. 28, 2015 
Start Time: 6:09 p.m. ET 
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: Staples Center
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Arizona Vs Wisconsin
Point Spread: Wildcats -1.5
Game Total: 133.5

Arizona’s Elite 8 Projected Starting Lineup

Wisconsin’s Elite 8 Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G T.J. McConnell, 6-1, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 6.3 apg
  • F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, So., 11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
  • F Brandon Ashley, 6-9, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
  • F Stanley Johnson, 6-7, Fr., 13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg
  • C Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg
  • Coach: Sean Miller (sixth season)
  • G Bronson Koenig, 6-2, So., 7.8 ppg, 2.2 apg
  • G Josh Gasser, 6-3, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F Sam Dekker, 6-9, Jr.., 13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg
  • F Nigel Hayes, 6-7, So., 12.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg
  • C Frank Kaminsky, 7-0, Sr., 18.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg
  • Coach: Bo Ryan (14th season)

The Wildcats offense scores 76.4 points per game (22nd), shoots 48.9% from the field (6th) and adds 14.2 assists per game (67th). The team is led by freshman forward Stanley Johnson (14.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 APG), and junior forward Brandon Ashley (11.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.6 APG). They allow 59.0 PPG (16th) and records 37.2 rebounds per game (45th). Arizona ended the season with a 31-3 record, 22-11 against the spread. Texas Southern Tigers (93-72) Ohio State Buckeyes (73-58) and the Xavier Musketeers have been their victims in the 2015 March Madness tourney. Against Xavier, the Wildcats failed to cover as an 11.5 point favorite and now are 1-2 against the spread in the NCAA tournament.

"The next step is a big one," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "The fact that we’re playing Wisconsin … it’s almost as if we had a summer to think about it, and we have to somehow make that to our advantage."

Wisconsin ended the season with a 31-3 record, 18-15-1 against the spread. During the 2015 March Madness tournament they have beaten the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (86-72), the Oregon Ducks (72-65), and most recently the North Carolina Tar Heels (79-72) , posting a 1-2 ATS record. The Badgers are led by senior forward Frank Kaminsky (18.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.5 APG) and junior forward Sam Dekker (13.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.1 APG). Wisconsin is scoreing 71.9 PPG (67th), shooting 48.0% from the field (21st), adding 12.7 assists per game (165th). The Badgers allow 56.8 PPG (10th) and grab 33.7 rebounds per game (204th).

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 4-5 ATS in their last 19 games as a favorite, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall, but 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.

The 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog, Badgers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games, 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 points, 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 neutral site games, but 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.

Elite 8 ATS Pick: Arizona 69-67 Wisconsin.