In the East Region, the 10th seeded Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the 7th seeded Wisconsin Badgers. This March Madness odds round of 64 game will be played at Scottrade Center in St. Louis Missouri. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Xavier and Weber State. The 10th seeded Pittsburgh Panthers are 21-11 on the season, and finished 9th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers fell in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to the eventual champion North Carolina Tar Heels. For the Wisconsin Badgers, they finished 6th in the Big Ten regular season, but fell in their first game of the Big Ten tournament. The Badgers finished the season 20-12.
How To Bet on Wisconsin vs. Pittsburgh March Madness Odds, TV & Game Info
What: Pittsburgh Panthers (21-11) at Wisconsin Badgers (20-12)
When: Friday, March 18, 2016
Start Time: 6:50 PM ET
Where: St Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Scottrade Center
Spread: Wisconsin -3
Moneyline: Wisconsin -120
Game Total: 131
Stream: TNT Sports
Radio: Pittsburgh at Wisconsin
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Why Bet on Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Badgers at the end of January and through February were one of the hottest teams in all of college basketball. Now, Wisconsin is looking to avoid ending their season with three straight losses. In the Big Ten Regular Season Finale, they fell to Purdue, followed by a tournament loss to Nebraska. The Badgers are anchored in scoring by forward Nigel Hayes with 16.3 points per game, and also 3 rebounds per game. The Badgers are one of the top defensive teams in all of college basketball, as they are allowing teams to score just shy of 65 points per game.
Why Bet on Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Panthers are looking to get back on the winning track, as they come to St. Louis as losers of four of their last six games. The Panthers beat Syracuse 72-71, but then lost to North Carolina in the conference tournament. Pittsburgh started their 2015 – 2016 season with 14 wins in their first 15 games. The Panthers leading scorer has been forward Michael Young. He is scoring 16 points per game, and James Robinson is helping him out with 10 points and 5 assists per game. The Panthers are 14th in the nation, dishing out just shy of 17 assists per game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Wisconsin Badgers are two teams out of power conferences, that have definitely been battle tested. The Wisconsin Badgers got off to a super slow start to begin the season, with bad losses. Head coach Bo Ryan left the team, and interim Greg Gard is now the man in charge. The Badgers are not the same team that went to the national title game a season ago. Look for Pittsburgh to use their better athleticism to win this game. The bet for this game is the Pittsburgh Panthers +2 over the Wisconsin Badgers.
Final score prediction: Pittsburgh 77 and Wisconsin 72.