The No.1-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (30-3) square off against the No.16-seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21-9) in the second round of the NCAA tournament at CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE. The game starts at 9:20 pm ET on Friday, Mar. 20 and will air on TBS.
The Badgers were victorious over Michigan State 80-69 in the Big Ten Championship. Frank Kaminsky led all scorers with 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting. The Chanticleers, meanwhile, are coming off an 81-70 win over Winthrop in the Big South Championship. Warren Gillis had a good shooting night, leading the team with 18 points.
Over the last five games, Kaminsky has really been playing well for the Badgers. During that stretch, he has averaged 23.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers.
Wisconsin is a considerable 19-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 129 points. The Badgers enter the game with records of 31-3 Straight Up (SU) and 18-15-1 Against The Spread (ATS). The Badgers are an impressive shooting team from the line with a .761 free throw percentage, one of the highest marks in Division I. The Badgers, sporting the third-best assist-to-turnover ratio in Division I (1.69), have proven themselves to be an extremely efficient offensive team. As for the Wisconsin defense, teams really have to fight for three-pointers against the Badgers, who have allowed only 5.0 three-pointers to opponents per game.
On the other side, the Chanticleers head into the game with records of 6-3 ATS and 24-9 SU. Coastal Carolina has done particularly well ATS over its past 10 matchups, going 3-1. Coastal Carolina is one of the better rebounding teams in Division I. The Chanticleers average 39.8 rebounds per game, making them the fifth-best team in the country for that category.
Wisconsin and Coastal Carolina will be facing off in their first head-to-head clash of the season. When they last met the Badgers were winners, bringing their SU record to 1-0 over Coastal Carolina.
Predictions: SU Winner – CCAR, ATS Winner – CCAR, O/U – Over
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Wisconsin’s last 12 games.
Ranked fourth, the Wisconsin Badgers have an offensive rating of 120.3. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, on the other hand, rank 204th with a defensive rating of 205.5.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers average 64.8 possessions per game and 1.100 points per possession. The Wisconsin Badgers earn fewer possessions with 59.5, but they score more points with 1.203.
Coastal Carolina has an average effective field goal percentage of 49.5%. Wisconsin is a solid 8-3 when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage.
On average, Wisconsin attempts 19.3 three pointers and Coastal Carolina attempts 18.8. Both teams have winning records when they have 20 or more three point attempts. The Wisconsin Badgers sit at 12-3 and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 8-3.
Ranked fifth in the nation, Coastal Carolina averages 39.8 rebounds per game. Wisconsin ranks lower at 194th with 34.0 RPG.
When it comes to offensive rebounds, Coastal Carolina ranks 15th. Wisconsin ranks 122nd in defensive rebounds.
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