Wisconsin vs Duke Odds & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
In just three short weeks of March Madness the field of 68 has been gutted out into two teams vying for the Men’s Basketball National Championship.
1-seed vs. 1-seed. The No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers vs. the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils.
Duke is a one-point underdog in a rematch of the Blue Devils’ December 3rd 80-70 win over Wisconsin, the two teams will face off for the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Title on Monday. Tyus Jones scored 22 points for Duke in the first meeting, but fellow Freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow were quiet. Can Duke overcome the experienced Badger squad that took down the mighty UK Wildcats and give Coach K his 5th National Title? Or will the Nation’s Player of the Year and Badger Frank Kaminsky lead Wisconsin to their first National Title since 1941?
An In-Depth Look At The Wisconsin Badgers vs Duke Blue Devils Odds & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (1) Wisconsin Badgers vs (1) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Apr. 4 2015
Start Time: 6:09 p.m. ET
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Wisconsin Vs Duke
Point Spread: Wisconsin Badgers -1
Game Total: 139.5
Wisconsin Will Cover the 1-point Spread In The NCAA Tournament Title Game If
Frank Kaminsky can guard Jahlil Okafor one-on-one.
Duke’s been living off of their opponents’ inability to guard Okafor one on one during this tournament. Heck, they’ve been living off of their opponents’ inability to guard Okafor one on one all season long.
If you try to guard Okafor one on one, like what Michigan State did in the first half of Duke’s 81 to 61 victory over the Spartans in the Final Four on Saturday, he’ll beat you silly. Okafor ended the game with 18 points and 6 boards, but he was in double-figures before half time. If you do double-team him, he is a good enough passer to get it out to Duke’s guards who can either drive to the basket or shoot threes. Either way, you’re going to suffer.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 5, 2015
Unless you’re Wisconsin. The Badgers are the one team in the nation that has the ability, with Frank Kaminsky, the National Player of the Year, to contain Okafor by himself. That gives the rest of the Badgers freedom to shut down Duke’s guards. If Big Frank is able to guard Okafor one on one, Wisconsin will beat Duke for the National Championship.
Wisconsin Badgers’ Projected NCAA Tournament Title Game 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)
Duke Will Cover the 1-point Spread In The NCAA Tournament Title Game If
The Blue Devils can close down the driving lanes nullifying Bo Ryan’s Swing Offense
Duke’s defense has been brilliant during the NCAA Tournament. In the Final Four on Saturday, the Blue Devils held Michigan State to 61 points by keeping Michigan State’s Travis Trice from driving and dishing or driving and scoring. Trice had scored 23 versus Virginia and 24 versus Oklahoma. Against Duke, Trice only scored 16. He couldn’t get into the lane as much as he had liked. Trice’s inability to control things on the offensive end with his brilliant decision-making is why the Spartans lost.
"In order to beat an undefeated team you have to be really good. Wisconsin is a really good team." Coach K
— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 5, 2015
Versus Kentucky, Wisconsin drove into the lane with ease. The Badgers’ Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, and Bronson Koenig are all capable of driving to the lane and dishing to Kaminsky on the block or out for a three-point shot. Dekker in particular presents a big matchup problem because he’s 6’ 9” and plays like a guard. If Duke doesn’t shut off the lane, if Okafor doesn’t play defense, and at times Duke’s freshman center can forget to play defense, the Blue Devils will lose on Monday night.
Duke Blue Devils’ Projected NCAA Tournament Title Game Starting Lineup:
- G Tyus Jones, 6-1, Fr., 11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
- G Quinn Cook, 6-2, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
- G Matt Jones, 6-5, So., 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
- F Justise Winslow, 6-6, Fr., 12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg
- C Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, Fr., 17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg
- Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (35th year)