NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 betting preview and odds: Wisconsin vs. Florida

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Florida Gators (-2, 131.5)

 

Game to be played at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Florida and Wisconsin are two of the most impressive teams in the NCAA Tournament, and one is about to move a step closer to another Final Four trip. The fourth-seeded Gators and eighth-seeded Badgers square off Friday in New York City in an intriguing Sweet 16 matchup in the East Region.

Florida, of course, won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 and returned to the Final Four in 2014, while Wisconsin is aiming for its third Final Four berth in the last four seasons. The Badgers became the only team in the nation to advance to four straight Sweet 16s when they upset No. 1 overall seed Villanova in the Round of 32 last weekend thanks to continued terrific play from Bronson Koenig. “We talked about the legacy we want to leave,” the senior guard said this week. “Getting to the Final Four is one of the goals we talked about since the end of last season.” The Gators held Virginia to 39 points in the second round and hope to get another strong performance out of Devin Robinson as they aim to derail the Badgers.

TV: 9:59 p.m. ET, TBS

LINE HISTORY: The Gators opened as 1.5-point chalk against the Badgers and that number has been bet up half-point to an even 2. The total hit the betting board at 131.5 and briefly faded to 131 before returning to the opening number, where it currently stands. Check out the complete line history here.

BETTING STATS:

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INJURY REPORT:

Wisconsin – No injuries to report.

Florida – C John Egbunu (Out For Season, knee), F Dontay Bassett (Out For Season, foot) 

MATCHUP CHART:


ABOUT WISCONSIN: The Badgers have two key seniors with multiple Final Four experience in Koenig, who has drained 11 3-pointers en route to 45 points through two games of this event, and Nigel Hayes, who is averaging 17.5 points and nine boards through two NCAA contests. Ethan Happ, who notched at least 10 points and eight rebounds in five straight games, is another cause for concern for the Gators. On the downside for Wisconsin, its bench shot a collective 5-of-16 in the Big Dance and the reserves totaled three points against Villanova.

ABOUT FLORIDA:
The Gators are 8-1 all-time in the Sweet 16 and have an excellent shot at improving that mark if Robinson continues to shine. The junior forward had 14 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia and is averaging 19 points – way up from his season average of 11.4 – through the first two games of the tournament. On the other hand, Florida’s leading scorer on the season is KeVaughn Allen, a normally sweet-shooting sophomore who is 1-of-13 from 3-point range and 3-of-21 overall in the tournament, totaling 11 points in the Gators’ two victories.

CHEERLEADER BATTLE:

TRENDS:

* Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
* Gators are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
* Under is 10-1 in Badgers last 11 games as an underdog.
* Under is 12-3-1 in Badgers last 16 neutral site games.
* Under is 6-1 in Gators last 7 games following a ATS win.

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COVERS CONSENSUS: 55 percent of Covers users are siding with the underdog Badgers. As for the total, 53 percent of wagers are taking the Over. View full consensus data here


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