Badgers In 4th Straight Sweet 16
The fans at Madison Square Garden will the Wisconsin Badgers and the Florida Gators on Friday in their surprising Sweet 16 matchup. Wisconsin owns more NCAA Tournament wins than any other school the past four years. The Badgers can add to their 14 wins Friday with a win over Florida. The Badgers have the tourney’s biggest upset by sending defending champion Villanova home.
The eighth-seeded Badgers are the only team to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the past four tournaments. They seek to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in four years. Wisconsin looked like a different team late in the season. They lost 5 of 6 games over one stretch and even getting into the tournament was sketchy at the time.
Oddsmakers opened the Gators as -1.5-point favorites versus the Badgers, while the game’s total opened at 131.5. The line has held pretty steady heading into tonights game.
Florida was a 65-39 winner in their Round of 32 matchup as they battled the Virginia Cavaliers. They covered in the matchup as a -1.5-point favorite. KeVaughn Allen is Florida’s leading scorer at 13.4 points per game during the season. He only averaged 5.5 points on 3-of-21 shooting in the victories over East Tennessee State and Virginia.
Wisconsin won its NCAA Tournament 2nd round matchup 65-62 against the Villanova Wildcats. They covered in that game as a +5.5-point underdog. Ethan Happ averages 13.8 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds. Forward Nigel Hayes chips in 13.8 points and 6.6 boards.
Sweet 16 Betting Trends
Team record: 27-9 SU,17-16 ATS
Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Wisconsin is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Team record: 26-8 SU,20-13 ATS
Florida is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Florida is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games
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