North Carolina Vs Wisconsin Sweet Sixteen Odds, Free Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
The fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels are 9-0 and 6-3 against the spread in their last nine trips to the Sweet Sixteen since 1996 and on Thursday they face the top-seeded and 5.5-point favorite Wisconsin Badgers at the Staples Center.
This will be the first game of the 2015 March Madness betting season where the Badgers are not favored by double-digits.
An In-Depth Look At The North Carolina Tar Heels Vs Wisconsin Badgers Sweet Sixteen Odds, Analyzing My Free Pick & TV Info
Matchup: (4) North Carolina Tar Heels vs (1) Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Mar. 26, 2015
Start Time: 7:47 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: Staples Center
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: North Carolina Vs Wisconsin
Point Spread: Badgers -5.5
Game Total: 141
North Carolina’s Sweet Sixteen Projected Starting Lineup:
- G Marcus Paige, 6-1, Jr., 13.5 ppg, 4.4 apg
- G Justin Jackson, 6-8, Fr., 10.1 ppg 3.8 rpg
- F Brice Johnson, 6-9 Jr., 12.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg
- F Kennedy Meeks, 6-9, So., 12.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg
- F J.P. Tokoto, 6-5, Jr., 8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- Coach: Roy Williams (12 seasons)
Wisconsin Badgers’ Sweet Sixteen Projected Starting Lineup:
- 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)
North Carolina has won both meetings vs Wisconsin, covering the point spread both times with the last tilt taking place in 2011.
The Badgers finished the 2015 season with a 31-3 record, 18-15-1 against the spread, and beat the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (86-72) and the Oregon Ducks (72-65) in their first two games of the 2015 March Madness tournament, but failed to covered both times. Wisconsin is 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). The Badgers offense averages 71.9 PPG (67th), shooting 48.0% from the field (21st), recording 12.7 assists per game (165th). Wisconsin’s defense allows 56.8 PPG (10th) and grabs 33.7 rebounds per game (204th).
"We’re definitely excited and thrilled to be there, but we’re not as in awe or shocked as we were last year," Badgers sophomore forward Nigel Hayes said after beating Oregon. "Last year, we were jumping around up and down on the court, celebrating. This time, it was ‘Hoo-rah, good job guys. We have the next game to take care of."
The Tar Heels closed the 2015 season with an underwhelming record of 24-11 , 19-15-1 against the spread, and took care of the Harvard Crimson (67-65) and the Arkansas Razorbacks (87-78) in their first two games in the NCAA tourney, with 1-1 split record against the spread record in those contests. North Carolina scores 77.9 points per game (17th), while shooting 47.5% from the field (27th) and recording 17.7 assists per game (2nd). They are led by junior guard Marcus Paige (14.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.5 APG) and junior forward Brice Johnson (12.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 0.9 APG). Their defense allows 68.6 PPG (240th) and grabs 41.0 rebounds (2nd) per game .
"Well, if I could play just as well in the first half as I do in the second half, I would prefer to do that, but sometimes it happens that way," said Paige, who has been nicknamed "Second-half Paige." "Sometimes, if you have a poor first half, you want to do whatever you can to erase that and make up for it the second, and that’s what I’ve been able to do a couple times."
The Badgers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games, 4 11-4 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games as a favorite, 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games, and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 points.
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.