After weeks of grueling action, the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils are just a few hours away from facing each other in the NCAA basketball championship. Both of these teams have played like champions throughout the tournament and it is no fluke that either one is here. This battle between No. 1 seeds at the top of their game should make for an excellent national championship game and very busy NCAA Basketball odds night.
Analyzing the Badgers vs Blue Devils NCAA Basketball Championship Match Up Spread & Game Info
Date/Time: Monday, April 6th, 9:18 PM
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
From every angle you see this game; it looks to be one of the closest finals in many years, with both teams going red hot since the early stages of the tournament. There were doubts and concerns surrounding both teams, but things got much clearer this past weekend when Badgers and Devils prevailed in their respective Final Four games. Duke claimed an easy win over the Michigan State Spartans, but in the other hand, Wisconsin had to make an additional effort to handle the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Although Wisconsin’s win ruined the prospect of a Duke-Kentucky national title game, the Badgers set up an outstanding showdown in Monday night’s game, with Duke trying to give Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship, Wisconsin trying to capture its first national title in over seven decades.
Duke vs Wisconsin Betting Matchup Highlights:
After a 76-64 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils (34-4) paved the way to the NCAA championship with wins over the Robert Morris Colonials (85-56), San Diego State Aztecs (68-49), Utah Utes (63-57), Gonzaga Bulldogs (66-52) and the Michigan State Spartans (81-61). While Duke’s high octane offense has been an essential element this season (72.6 points per game), their strong defense and ability to shut down opponents has played a key part for the Devils in their road to the college basketball final, allowing just 55 points per game.
On the other hand, the Badgers (36-3) head to this game holding an 11-game streak that includes March Madness wins over Coastal Carolina (86-72), Oregon Ducks (72-56), North Carolina Tarheels (79-72), Arizona Wildcats (85-78) and No.1 ranked Kentucky.
My Expert Betting Analysis
Before the NCAA Tournament tip off, the vast majority of bettors and college hoop fans had Kentucky as the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s title, but that was before Wisconsin’s epic upset of undefeated Kentucky on Saturday night. There’s no real favorite heading to this game (Lines show both teams as PK), however, the Badgers have done a much better job playing as dogs. They claimed a 85-78 win as a 1.5-point underdog over Arizona, and were once again the better team as a 4.5-point underdog in a 71-64 win over Kentucky.
The Devils have won their March Madness matches by an average margin of victory of 17.6 points. Duke is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last six games as an underdog, and 20-2 SU in their last 22 games overall.
ACC vs. Big Ten
Back in December 3rd, the Blue Devils handed the Badgers their first loss of the season and their only home loss in 16 games after beating Wisconsin 70-80 in the ACC-Big ten Challenge held at Kohl Center. The last five times the ACC and Big Ten have met in the national championship game ended with the ACC team claiming the win. In 2009 the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Michigan State Spartans. Four years before that, the Tar Heels also claimed a victory over the Illinois Illini. In 2002 the Maryland Terrapins won the national title after beating the Indiana Hoosiers. In 1993 the Tar Heels over Michigan Wolverines; and in 1992 the Duke Blue Devils came victorious after beating the no. 15 Michigan Wolverines 71-51 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.