Wisconsin Badgers vs. Villanova Wildcats, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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WISCONSIN BADGERS VILLANOVA WILDCATS
26-9 March 18, 2:40 PM | KeyBank Center 32-3
Wisconsin vs Villanova, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 2:40 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Keybank Center – Buffalo, NY
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
519 –Wisconsin Badgers +5½ -110 +220 Ov 128½ -113
520 –Villanova Wildcats -5½ -110 -260 Un 128½ -107
 

The fans at Keybank Center will be treated to a game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Villanova Wildcats when they take their seats on Saturday, for the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

ABOUT WISCONSIN (26-9): The Badgers received 28 points from Koenig and a 16-point, 10-rebound effort from Hayes in their opening-round win and only committed eight turnovers in a smooth overall performance. Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers versus Virginia Tech and is shooting nearly 58 percent from beyond the arc over his last six games. Hayes is eyeing his fourth consecutive double-double and has outperformed his season scoring average (13.6 points) in each of the last three contests.

ABOUT VILLANOVA (32-3): Donte DiVincenzo led the way with 21 points in the opening round as the Wildcats overcame a first half in which they led by one point at intermission to cruise over the final 20 minutes. Josh Hart, the Big East Player of the Year, was held to modest totals of 11 points and five rebounds, although the bigger concern for Villanova has to be fellow senior Kris Jenkins. The hero from last season’s national title game was 2-of-13 against the Hokies and is 2-of-17 from 3-point range over his last three contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 5.5-point favorites versus the Badgers, while the game’s total is sitting at 128½.

There will be plenty of Final Four experience on the court Saturday, when top seed Villanova faces No. 8 seed Wisconsin in the East Region’s second round of the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. The Wildcats won the national championship last season, while the Badgers need to pull off the upset if they have any hopes of returning to the Final Four for the third time in four seasons.

Villanova opened its title defense with a 20-point win against Mount St. Mary’s in which the team overcame a dreadful start, missing its first eight shots and not taking a lead until 2:33 remained in the first half. “I’m not annoyed,” Villanova coach Jay Wright told reporters afterward. “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.” The Wildcats likely can’t afford another slow start against a Badgers team that topped Virginia Tech on Thursday behind Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, two seniors with a pair of Final Fours on their resume. “I think it definitely helped a lot for us to have the older guys that we have to have been through some of the runs that we’ve had in the tournament,” Hayes told reporters. “I think it showed with Bronson, the way he responded each time they went on a run. Each time they hit a big shot, he responded with a big shot. And it’s something that you need.”

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 76-56 winner as they battled Mountaineers at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -25-point favorite.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 84-74 winner as they battled Hokies at home. They covered in the match as a -5.5-point favorite.

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Wisconsin:
Team record: 26-9 SU,16-16 ATS
Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Villanova:
Team record: 32-3 SU,19-16 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Villanova is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Villanova’s last 23 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. This is the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the teams.

2. Villanova G Jalen Brunson, who scored 14 points on Thursday, is shooting 54.4 percent for the season and just over 60 percent in his last four games.

3. The winner will face either No. 4 seed Florida or fifth-seeded Virginia in the Sweet 16. Wisconsin is the only team in the nation that has advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last three years.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Wisconsin Badgers will cover the spread at +5.5 and the game will go over 128½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Villanova 79, Wisconsin 77 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
WISCN TEAM VILLA
72.3 PTS FOR 77.6
61.8 PTS AGNST 62.6
10.5 DIFF. 15.0
24.8 DEF REBOUNDS 24.9
12.5 OFF REBOUNDS 8.7
45.1 FG% 49.8
64.8 FT% 79.2
7.7 3 POINTERS 8.7
6.8 STEALS 7.2
BETTING TRENDS
WISCONSIN
No trends to report
VILLANOVA
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Villanova’s last 23 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Wisconsin’s Overall Scoring vs Villanova’s Overall Defense 72.3 201 62.6 17
Wisconsin’s Away Scoring vs Villanova’s Home Defense 68.5 224 60.8 20
Wisconsin’s Road Rebounds vs Villanova’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.0 150 29.1 10
Villanova’s Overall Scoring vs Wisconsin’s Overall Defense 77.6 73 61.8 12
Villanova’s Home Scoring vs Wisconsin’s Road Defense 78.0 129 69.1 49
Villanova’s Home Rebounds vs Wisconsin’s Road Rebounds Allowed 34.3 291 34.7 109
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
WISCONSIN
No trends to report
VILLANOVA
Villanova is second in the league in free throw percentage at 79.2.

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