Virginia Tech Vs Wisconsin Spread & PickNoah Williams
The eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will look to get back to playing solid basketball while avoiding the upset against the dangerous ninth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies when the two March Madness championship hopefuls throw down on Thursday in the first round of the East Region with the winner likely taking on top-seeded Villanova in the Round of 32.
Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this intriguing pairing.
How To Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies Vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds & TV Info
(8) Wisconsin vs. (9) Virginia Tech
When: Thursday, March 16 at 9:40 PM ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Odds: Wisconsin -5.5
Why Bet The Virginia Tech Hokies Odds at +5.5
Virginia Tech (22-10 SU, 16-11 ATS) had won four of their last five games before falling to Florida State in their 74-68 ACC tournament loss on Thursday. Still, the Hokies are clearly dangerous as their quality wins over teams like Duke, Virginia, and Miami (Fla.) attest.
Virginia Tech averages a healthy 79.2 points per game (47th) on a stellar 49.0 percent shooting mark (13th) and 40.3 percent mark from beyond the arc (13th). Defensively, the Hokies give up a generous 74.4 points per contest (231st) while allowing their opponents to shoot 44.5 percent from the field (214th) and 360 percent from downtown (248th).
Zach LeDay leads five double-digit scorers at 16.3 points and grabs a team-high 7.4 rebounds, while Seth Allen chips in 13.4 points while making 45.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Why Bet The Wisconsin Badgers Odds at -5.5
No. 8 Wisconsin (25-9 SU, 15-16 ATS) may be making their 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but the Badgers certainly aren’t playing their best basketball as they’ve dropped for of seven and six of their last 10 games overall. The Badgers come into the NCAA tournament off a 71-56 loss against Michigan in their Big Ten conference championship loss on Sunday.
The Badgers average just 71.9 points per game (204th) on 45.2 percent shooting (131st), but the strength of Wisconsin is their phenomenal defense that limits the opposition to just 61.4 points per game (9th) on 41.0 percent shooting (41st).
Three players average double figures in scoring for Wisconsin starting with leading scorer Bronson Koenig (14.1 ppg).
Virginia Tech Vs Wisconsin Pick & Final Score Prediction
54 percent of the betting public likes Virginia Tech to cover the spread and I agree seeing as how they can score the ball efficiently while Wisconsin struggles to get baskets almost every game.
The Hokies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning straight up record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
While Wisconsin has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games, the Badgers are also just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games as a favorite and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. Virginia Tech covers – by winning outright.
My final score prediction is Virginia Tech 72 Wisconsin 69