Bet Wisconsin Vs Nova March Madness 2nd Round ActionNoah Williams
Perhaps the most odds-defying tilt of the Saturday college hoops March Madness lineup will feature the eithth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers facing the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats. Both teams are talented enough to make a run at the 2017 Mens’ NCAA hoops title.
The College Basketball betting spread favors the Wildcats by 5.5-points. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 18th at 2:40 PM ET on CBS from the KeyBank Center, in Buffalo, New York.
Wisconsin Badgers Vs Villanova Wildcats Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (26-9) vs No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (32-3)
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Start Time: 2:40 PM ET
Where: Buffalo, New York
Stadium: KeyBank Center
Spread: Villanova -5.5
Moneyline: Wisconsin +200 vs Villanova -240
Game Total: 128.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Wisconsin vs Villanova
Why Bet The Wisconsin Badgers To Beat The Wildcats
Wisconsin won a close one against Virginia Tech 84-74 in the first round of the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament. They are 26-9 SU and 18-16 ATS. They averaged 72.4 points per game (195th) and gave up 61.1 points per game (6th) during the regular season.
Senior guard Bronson Koenig (14.1 PPG & 2.1 RPG) scored 28 points in the win against the Hokies. Junior guard Ty Outlaw (6.0 PPG & 2.7 RPG) added 16 points.
Wisconsin shoots 43.0% from the field (223rd) and 35.85 from three point land (127th). The Badgers averaged 37.5 rebounds (88th) and 13.6 assists (161st) during the regular season. Sophomore forward Ethan Happ averages 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
Why Bet The Villanova Wildcats To Beat The Badgers
In the first round of March Madness, the Villanova Wildcats outplayed the Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers in the second half and advanced to next round with a comfortable 76-56 win. Villanova didn’t score for the first 6:06 against Mount St. Mary’s and only led for 46 seconds of the first half.
They are 32-3 SU and 15-17-2 ATS. They average 77.7 points per game (73rd) and allow 62.8 points per game (17th).
"I’m not annoyed," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I really am shocked, not how Mount St. Mary’s played, but that we didn’t start the game with energy. We don’t have time to figure it out."
Freshman guard Donte DiVincenzo (8.3 PPG & 3.5 RPG) led the team with 21 points coming off the bench. DiVincenzo shot 9-15 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc.
Villanova shoots 46.7% from the field (44th) and 34.4% from three-point land (185th). They average 33.4 rebounds (289th) and 14.3 assists per game (120th). Senior guard Josh Hart leads the team with 6.5 rebounds and sophomore guard Mikal Bridges is tops with 1.7 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
- Badgers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Expert ATS Pick
While Wisconsin is the only team that has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in each the last three years, I am betting Nova breaks that streak.
Villanova to win and cover the spread