The Villanova Wildcats continue their push towards another National Championship in the round of 32 vs a Wisconsin Badgers team that’s posted a 21-3 SU record since February 9. Villanova supporters experienced a minor scare in the opening round when the #16 seeded Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers kept things too close for comfort until halftime, but ‘Nova bounced back in the second half, eventually winning 76-56, but failed to cover the 25 point spread.
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- Villanova is 10-0 SU in its last 10 games against the Big Ten.
- Wisconsin is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games after an ATS win.
- The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Villanova’s last 20 games against teams with winning records.
Oddsmakers expect a much closer result this time around, with the defending champs opening as a five point favorite and this might be an excellent spot to jump all over them. The Badgers are on a four-game losing streak, both SU and ATS, as an underdog, while the Wildcats are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games as a favorite in the one to five point range.
Opening with a low total of 128.5 points, bettors will want to keep in mind that these teams have combined to go 26-39-2 O/U on the season. Both teams went OVER in their tournament opener, but Villanova has gone OVER in consecutive games just once so far in 2017 and has held opponents to 60 points or less in five of its last five games.
Wisconsin Badgers vs Villanova Wildcats Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Villanova Wildcats are 32-3 so far on the season, and 19-16 ATS vs the number. The Wisconsin Badgers, meanwhile, are 26-9 and 16-16 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Villanova go 13-22 and the Wisconsin Badgers go 13-17-2 on betting totals.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Villanova Wildcats rated this week at No. 11 and the Wisconsin Badgers sitting at No. 108.
The game also pits Villanova’s No. 64-ranked offense, averaging 77.63 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 11 at 61.77 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 49.76% so far, more than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.13% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Wisconsin got 28 points from Bronson Koenig en route to a 84-74 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday at Keybank Center.
The Wildcats blew out Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 76-56 win at Keybank Center.