Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Final Four Betting Prediction: Wisconsin +5 (April 4th 2015)
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Wisconsin (35-3) has been the team that most believe has the best chance of beating Kentucky all season. Well, it is going to get its chance this weekend in the Final Four. It took some shaky moments to get here, but the Badgers have gotten the job done nonetheless, and they’re coming off their best performance of the tournament.
The Badgers weren’t sharp in an 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in the opener. They also struggled against Oregon before eventually winning 72-65. They were only up one point with under a minute remaining in a 79-72 triumph over North Carolina in the Sweet 16. But they had control of the game most the way in an 85-78 win over Arizona last round, knocking the Wildcats out of the Elite 8 for a second straight year.
Sam Dekker hit five of Wisconsin’s 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a career-high 27 points against Arizona. Frank Kaminsky led all scorers with 29 points as well. The Wildcats would get within five points twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes, but both times Dekker answered with clutch 3-pointers to help seal the victory.
This will be a rematch from last year’s Final Four where Kentucky narrowly edged out Wisconsin by a final of 74-73. The Wildcats would eventually lose to UConn in the National Championship Game. I believe there is a ton of value in backing the Badgers as 5-point underdogs in revenge mode.
It’s going to take an elite offensive team to beat Kentucky, and Notre Dame is an elite offensive team that nearly upset the Wildcats in the Elite 8. But so is Wisconsin, which has the ability to space the floor with 3-point shooters everywhere to force Kentucky’s big men away from the paint. I also like the fact that the Badgers are a dominant rebounding team that doesn’t turn the ball over.
The Badgers are 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games. Wisconsin is 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 neutral site games, including 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 NCAA Tournament games. The Badgers are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 road games off an upset win as an underdog. Bet Wisconsin Saturday.
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