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The Oregon Ducks will be looking for their 24th win of the season when they travel to the SAP Center at San Jose to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. Oregon enters this game with a 23-12 record after beating Washington in its last game. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is 23-10 as it lost to Michigan State in its last game. Now, both teams will be looking for another win in this one.
Oregon Looks To Win Ninth Straight
This season, Oregon has looked a lot better than it did last year as the team has won 23 of its first 35 games and even made it back into the NCAA tournament. Oregon’s season was a tale of two halves as the team looked awful with a 15-12 record halfway through the season. However, since then, the team is undefeated and has won each of its last eight games including a victory in the conference tournament championship game against Washington. In its last game, the Ducks were solid on defense as the team held Washington to just 48 points while forcing 14 turnovers. With another below average team offense on deck, Oregon should play well again defensively.
The Oregon Ducks are led by junior point guard Payton Pritchard who has been unbelievable this season. Last season, Pritchard was solid as he averaged 14.5 points per game along with 4.8 assists. However, he has managed to play well again this season as he is currently tied for the team-lead in scoring with 12.7 points per game along with 4.5 assists. He is also coming into this game in great form as he scored a team-high 20 points in the team’s last game.
Coach Altman expects this game to be extremely low scoring as both teams enjoy playing really slow.
“Both teams kind of grind it out. We’re taking longer on possessions this year than we ever have. So it could be a low-scoring game. I think everybody’s predicting it to be a low-scoring game just because two styles that have kind of led everybody to believe that,” Altman said.
Wisconsin Has Winning Streak Snapped
Wisconsin entered this season with hopes to not only returning to the big dance, but to potentially make a deep run in the tournament. So far this season, the team has looked the part as it is currently 23-10 and got a five-seed in the NCAA tournament. However, Wisconsin was in the middle of a four-game winning streak before the team lost to Michigan State in its conference tournament. In that game, Wisconsin’s offense was awful as the team only scored 55 points on less than 36% shooting from the floor. With another quality defense up next, look for the team to struggle offensively once again.
The Wisconsin Badgers are led by senior forward Ethan Happ who has been a tremendous this season. Last season, Happ averaged 17.9 points per game along with 8.0 rebounds. This season, Happ has been even better as he is currently leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game along with 10.1 rebounds per game. He is also coming into this game in great form as he scored 20 of the team’s 55 points against Michigan State despite the team’s inability to win that contest.
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Coach Gard believes that the team will need to stay true to its identity if it wants to be successful in this tournament.
“When you get to this time of year, the biggest thing is don’t change what’s made you good, and sometimes teams can get out of character and maybe get off track a little bit, and you really have to guard against that to make sure you do the things that made you good, take advantage of your opportunities, whatever that may be,” Gard said.
- Under is 10-1 in Badgers last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-1 in Badgers last 6 vs. Pacific-12.
- Under is 5-0 in Ducks last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.
- Under is 9-1 in Ducks last 10 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 8-1 in Ducks last 9 games following a ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Overall, I think that Wisconsin is the better team and I think that the Badgers should be able to take care of business in this one. Oregon has been extremely solid lately but the Pac-12 is a lot weaker than it has been in recent years while the Big Ten got the most amount of teams into the tournament field. I think this game will be extremely close throughout but I expect Wisconsin will use its physicality to bully the Ducks into submission. Give me the favorite in this one as a result.
Prediction: Wisconsin -1
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have been known for their extremely stout defenses in recent years and this year is no exception. Both of these teams have top-15 scoring defenses in all of college basketball so I think this low total makes a tremendous amount of sense. Unless this game goes to overtime, I cannot see either team topping 60 points in this game. As a result, I recommend the under in this one.
Prediction: Under 118