March Madness Expert Picks: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
On Friday, round one action for the NCAA Tournament South Region will take place at the SAP
Center in San Jose. The #12 Oregon Ducks will face off with the #5 Wisconsin Badgers in the last of
the day’s eight early games.
Our series of March Madness Predictions continues as we take a look at this game in full detail.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. March 22, 4:30 PM EST, TNT
Vegas Odds March Madness
Spread: Wisconsin Badgers -2 (-110)
Oregon was just 10-8 in Pac-12 play in the regular season, which left them five games behind
conference leader Washington. The team kicked things up several notches in the conference
tournament. They defeated the Huskies in the final by 20 points as 2-point favorites. Overall, the
Ducks are 23-12 (20-15 ATS).
The Badgers check in at 23-10 (16-16-1 ATS) with a record of 14-6 in Big Ten play. That left them
two games behind co-leaders Michigan State and Purdue when all was said and done. The team won
its opener in the conference tournament by three points over Nebraska. They would fall in the semis
to the Spartans by a score of 67-55 as 5.5-point underdogs.
The Ducks closed out the regular season with four straight wins before ripping off another four to
take down the conference tourney. The team is 8-2 (8-2 ATS) over its last 10 outings. Oregon’s
current eight-game winning streak is its longest of the season.
Totals have been Under for seven of the last eight and lean that way on the year at 11-24. In the win
over Washington, Payton Pritchard led the way with 20 points, while Louis King contributed 15.
Both players are averaging 12.7 ppg. King is listed as probable for Friday with an ankle injury.
The Badgers ripped off a six-game winning streak from January into February, but the team’s play
leveled off from that point before closing out the regular season with another three-game undefeated
stretch. Over the last 10 games, Wisconsin is 6-4 (2-7-1 ATS).
Totals check in at 14-18 for the season with the Under coming n for three of the last five. Ethan Happ
is the biggest threat for Wisconsin. He’s averaging 17.5 ppg, 10.1 boards, and 4.6 dimes. D’Mitrick
Trice contributes 11.7 ppg. Happ led the way last time out with 20 points.
Oregon vs. Wisconsin March Madness Prediction
Oregon is back in the tournament after a one-year absence. In 2017, the team made it to the Final
Four before losing 77-76 to North Carolina. Wisconsin also missed the boat last season. Back in
2017, the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Florida by a score of 84-83 in OT.
As the tight spread indicates, these two squads are evenly matched. Oregon is playing the better
basketball of late, and we like them to pull off the upset.
Oregon Ducks vs. Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Tournament Pick: Oregon Ducks +2 (-110)
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