Wisconsin Vs Duke Point Spread, ATS Pick & How To WatchNoah Williams
The top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers will face the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils tonight to crown the Men’s National Basketball Champion. NCAA basketball oddsmakers have Wisconsin as slight 1-point betting favorites over Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Badgers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against top-seeds and are trying to defeat a No. 1 seed for the second straight game on Monday night when they take on the Duke. Wisconsin beat the similarly very talented yet unexperienced top-seeded UK Wildcats on Saturday. Wisconsin is 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS in its last six tournament games as a favorite on the college basketball betting lines, and 21-1 SU in its last 22 games overall.
"When the brackets came out, if you said we’d be playing Duke, we’d be pretty happy because that meant we’d be in the championship game," Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser said. "If you want to be the national champs, you’ve got to play the best teams in the country, and Duke is definitely that."
Duke has taken a second seat to Kentucky all season, but they completely dominated its Final Four game against Michigan State with a convincing 81-61 victory. It has been a methodical run through the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Devils, who are a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS in March Madness this year.
Duke has won every Big Dance game but one by double digits, winning by an average margin of victory of 17.6 points. Duke is also holding opponents to 55 points per game and a 37.4 field-goal percentage in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last six games as an underdog, and 20-2 SU in their last 22 games overall.
— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 6, 2015
A Closer Look At The Wisconsin Badgers Vs Duke Blue Devils Point Spread, My ATS Pick, How To Watch & Stream
Matchup: (1) Wisconsin Badgers vs (1) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Apr. 4 2015
Start Time: 9:18 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
These two squads met this season back on December 3 with the Blue Devils dismantling the Badgers by a score of 80-70 win by Duke, covering the spread as a 4.5 point underdog. It’s the first championship game rematch of a regular-season meeting since UK defeated Kansas in 2012’s Big Dance.
The past three times regular-season opponents met for the national title, the team that won the first meeting won the title game, as well. That goes for the Connecticut Huskies beating Kentucky in 2011 and the North Carolina Tar Heels beating the Michigan State Spartans in 2009.
Wisconsin had a 31-3 regular season record and went 18-15-1 against the spread. During the 2015 March Madness they have beaten the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (86-72), the Oregon Ducks (72-65), the North Carolina Tar Heels (79-72), the Arizona Wildcats (85-78), and gave the Kentucky Wildcats (71-64) their only loss of the season, while posting a 3-2 against the spread mark in those games. The Badgers offense scores 71.9 PPG (67th), shooting 48.0% from the field (21st), and adding 12.7 assists per game (165th), led by y 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). They are allowing 56.8 PPG (10th) while grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game (204th).
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)
"I don’t think basketball fans that I know would ever say that Duke didn’t have a good team," said Badgers coach Bo Ryan. A lot of people thought they had a pretty good team because they spanked our team at our place in December," he said. "I can’t say that they were ignored, that’s for sure."
Duke ended the regular season with a 29-4 record and 18-14-1 against the spread. During their March Madness run they have knocked out the Robert Morris Colonials (85-56), the San Diego State Aztecs (68-49), the Utah Utes (63-57), the Gonzaga Bulldogs (66-52), and the Michigan State Spartans (81-61), posting a remarkable 5-0 against the spread record in those wins. The Blue Devils score 80.6 points per game (4th), shoot 50.2% from the field (3rd) and dish-out 15.5 assists per game (21st). They average 65.6 points per game against (145th) and grab 37.3 rebounds per game (44th). Freshman center Jahlil Okafor (17.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 APG) and senior guard Quinn Cook (15.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.7 APG) lead the Blue Devils.
"We want to be one of those teams that coach is bragging about five, seven years later," Duke senior guard Quinn Cook said. "So that’s the motivation for us, to be special."
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)
The Badgers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win, 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games.
The Blue Devils are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 Monday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.