Basketball Pick: Baylor vs Wisconsin
- Updated: March 27, 2014
Date/Time: March 27, 2014, 7:47 p.m. EST
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The 2014 NCAA Tournament enters the round known as the Sweet Sixteen as the last 16 teams standing in the most prestigious college basketball tournament vie for the right to cut down the nets in the national championship game. Every round will provide a dangerous opponent and no team left in the tournament may be as deadly as the Baylor Bears. When they are on, they are one of the best teams in the country and will try and eliminate No. 2 seeded Wiconsin Badgers from the tournament.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Badgers listed as (-3.5) point favorites. The Bears have started to get the attention of basketball bettors as the early pick jumped out on the Bears and have never looked back. That rush of funds on the Bears pushed this line down to minus three at several top rated online sportsbooks.
The Bears are getting attention because they are playing flawless basketball, which was evident in the last blowout win. The Bears were ranked seventh in the country once upon a time. Sixth-seeded Baylor showed that again in their last game out, jumping all over No. 3 seed Creighton behind a barrage of 3-pointers from Kenny Cherry & the rest of the Bears. en route to an easy 85-55 victory in the third round of the West Region. Overall, the Bears made 11 of its 18 3s, well above its 38.6 percentage for the season and won for the 12th time in 14 games. That number will be hard to duplicate against the defensive minded Badgers.
The Badgers last win was not that easy as they had to stage a furious comeback. It was maybe the most rowdy, entertaining game in an already rip-roaring first weekend of the NCAA tournament, and Wisconsin came out of it with an 85-77 win over seventh-seeded Oregon to earn a berth in the Sweet 16. The Badgers were shaken by the Ducks’ blistering 55.6 percent first-half shooting but then recovered with an offensive detonation of their own, outscoring Oregon 48-28 in the second half. Overall the teams combined for 53 field goals, 19 three-pointers and 162 points. This up and down pace is not usual for the Badgers but it did go to show that the can play with any team in the country and mirror their style.
The Bears are playing great basketball, but it all comes to an end in this big game. The Badgers use defense and experience to win this game and advance to the Elite Eight.
Free Pick: Wisconsin Badgers -2.5