NCAA Tournament East Region: (7) Wisconsin Badgers vs. (10) Pittsburgh Panthers

Wisconsin is 2 point favorites over #10 seeded Pitt

Wisconsin is 2 point favorites over #10 seeded Pitt

7 Wisconsin vs. 10 Pittsburgh
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The Wisconsin Badgers finished the season 20-12 and bowed out of the Big Ten tournament with a second round loss to Nebraska. The Badgers will face No. 10 seeded Pittsburgh in second round action and Wisconsin is 2 point favorites in the game according to college basketball oddsmakers at 5dimes.

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Wisconsin is led by 6’8” junior forward Nigel Hayes. Hayes averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and three assists per game this season in 36 minutes a night. Though he scored just 10 points in the loss to Nebraska, he had a 30 point, eight rebound game before that against then-No. 15 Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

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Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ are both fixtures in the Badgers’ offense too. Koenig averaged 13.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season while Happ led the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game and he also led the team in blocked shots (0.9 per game). Koenig has scored in double figures in four of the Badgers’ past five games, and he had 11 points, four assists and three rebounds in the loss to Nebraska. Koenig had 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting including 3 of 6 from three-point range in Wisconsin’s 68-57 win over Michigan on Feb. 28.

Pittsburgh finished the season 21-11 but was 9th in the ACC and lost 88-71 to North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. Pitt is led by 6’9” junior forward Michael Young. Young averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season for the Panthers, and he closed the season with 19 points and five boards against UNC. Young had 24 points and seven rebounds in the 63-59 loss to Georgia Tech on Mar. 5, and he had nine games this season with 20 points or more.

Pitt also gets strong play from Jamel Artis and James Robinson who average 14.4 points and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Artis is a 6’7” junior forward, and he had 19 points, four rebounds and two assists in the loss to UNC. He has scored in double figures in three of Pitt’s last five games, including a 6 of 10 shooting performance in a 76-62 win over Duke on Feb. 28. He has also hit six threes over the past five games and shot 35.7 percent from behind the arc this season.

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ATS TRENDS

Pittsburgh
  • Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
  • Panthers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss.
  • Panthers are 19-39-1 ATS in their last 59 games overall.
  • Panthers are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games.
  • Panthers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games.
  • Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
  • Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Panthers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten.
Wisconsin
  • Badgers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Badgers are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 vs. Atlantic Coast.
  • Badgers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Badgers are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 NCAA Tournament games.
  • Badgers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
  • Badgers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
  • Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
  • Badgers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
  • Badgers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.

OU TRENDS

Pittsburgh
  • Over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 neutral site games.
  • Over is 7-1 in Panthers last 8 Friday games.
  • Under is 9-2 in Panthers last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 non-conference games.
  • Over is 8-2 in Panthers last 10 vs. Big Ten.
  • Under is 11-4 in Panthers last 15 overall.
Wisconsin
  • Under is 8-1 in Badgers last 9 overall.
  • Under is 4-1 in Badgers last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Under is 4-1 in Badgers last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 8-3 in Badgers last 11 games following a ATS loss.
  • Under is 5-2 in Badgers last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast.
  • Over is 5-2 in Badgers last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
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