Villanova (32-3) vs. Wisconsin (26-9) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Villanova vs. Wisconsin fearless prediction and game preview.
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Date: Saturday, March 18
Game Time: 2:40 ET
Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
All You Really Need To Know About Villanova
It took a little while, but Villanova got it rolling in the second half to beat Mount Saint Mary’s 76-56. The Wildcats got it done on the boards but struggled from three.
Against the Badgers, Villanova isn’t going to win the boards, and it doesn’t have the shot blocking presence to own the inside. But the offense keeps rolling hitting over 50% in the first game – the Cats have to hit everything early.
All You Really Need To Know About Wisconsin
The Badgers pulled away from Virginia Tech to roll 84-74, getting a massive game out of Bronson Koening, hitting 8-of-17 from three scoring 28 in the win. They owned the boards, and uncharacteristically hit their free throws in a commanding performance.
Wisconsin only hit 65% of its free throws on the year, but it’s the defense that stepped it up when the team was in its groove. Against the Hokies, the D wasn’t all that great, and it still was a relatively easy win.
What’s Going To Happen
Could Villanova have been hit with a rougher 8 seed? Wisconsin was underseeded, and now it’s about to shock and shake up the tournament with a tough win over the defending national champs.
The defense will be better than it was against Virginia Tech, Ethan Happ will have a stronger performance, and there will be just enough scoring balance to keep up the pace in what should be a bit more of a slow down game than the win over Virginia Tech.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wisconsin 68, Villanova 65
Line: Villanova -5.5, 0/u: 129
ATS Confidence: 3
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