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(23-12) Oregon Ducks vs. Wisconsin Badgers (23-10)
March Madness: South Regional – Round 1
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Venue: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Badgers -1
CBB Betting Total: 118.5
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Wisconsin Badgers should be on upset alert on Friday as they travel across the country to face an Oregon team that looked very impressive last weekend and down the stretch in the regular season.
Wisconsin bowed out to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament after narrowly escaping Nebraska. Oregon on the other hand won the Pac 12 tournament as a 6 seed and has now won 8 in a row.
Oregon wasn’t necessarily a bubble team heading into the 2019 Pac 12 tournament but they solidified any doubt with a solid run through Washington State, Utah, Arizona State, and Washington. As a result, the Ducks earned a 12 seed and also have a very favorable travel advantage.
One could expect the SAP Center crowd in San Jose to be predominantly pro-Duck as the 1 hour 25 minute flight from Eugene is much more doable than the nearly 7 hour jaunt from Madison.
The Ducks do have a loss to a Big Ten team on their resume this season, falling 69-77 to Iowa back in mid-November. This gave the Ducks an idea of the pace of play in the Big Ten although they may already play that way. The O/U for Friday’s game is a miniscule 118.5 as Oregon’s defense is dominant at 62.9 ppg allowed (17th).
There’s no doubt who leads the way for the Ducks offense. Payton Pritchard has scored 20 points in 2 of the last 3 while Louis King has went for 15+ in three straight. Wisconsin might not be able to match that depth.
The big question for Wisconsin regarding how far they go in this tournament is if they can find some help for Ethan Happ. There’s no doubt the Badgers big man is great, but can D’Mitrik Trice or Brad Davison come up with a big game to help stave off an upset minded Ducks team?
Trice hasn’t even scored more than 8 points in any of the last 5 games and Davison has been held to 6 or less in 4 of 6 games. The good thing for UW is that they are 6-2 over their last 8 mostly thanks to Happ.
The Badgers looked good down the stretch and it’s no secret their m.o. is going to be to slow things down as Wisconsin has scored 66 points or less in 4 of 5. The Badgers have an equally solid defense compared to the Ducks’ and UW actually ranks 9th in the country in points allowed/game with 61.4.
It wouldn’t take a whole lot for this contest to go over at just a 118.5 total but at the same time this is two methodical teams that are the opposite of ‘showtime.’
CBB Betting Trends:
- Ducks are 8-0 ATS their last 8 overall
- Ducks are 3-1-1 ATS their last 5 NCAA tournament games
- Badgers are 4-1 ATS their last 5 NCAA tournament games
- Badgers are 2-7-1 ATS their last 10 games overall
Free Oregon Ducks vs. Wisconsin Badgers NCAAB Prediction:
You’re going to see a lot of people, if not the majority, taking the Ducks in this one especially as the vaunted #12 seed up against a #5. Early indications did have the Ducks the pick by about 65% or more of the public yet Wisconsin remains the favorite. Dana Altman did take these Ducks to the Final 4 in his first year with the program, but the Badgers have been to two Sweet 16’s under Greg Gard.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Oregon +1
Between the travel advantage and the momentum it’s hard not to like the Ducks to win this one.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Oregon 68 – Badgers 58
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