On Thursday, the Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. This is an 8/9 game out of the East Region. The winner of this game will take on the top seed Villanova Wildcats. Virginia Tech comes into the game with a 22-10 record. The Hokies are coming into the tournament following an Atlantic Coast Conference loss to Florida State. Virginia Tech finished the regular season tied with Miami and Syracuse for 7th.
The Wisconsin Badgers are coming into the game after losing in the title game of the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin also finished second in the regular season, but garnered an 8 seed in the tournament. Wisconsin comes into the game with a 25-9 record. In the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers downed Indiana and Northwestern. The Wisconsin Badgers are -5.5 over Virginia Tech.
Badgers Looking to Catch Fire
The Wisconsin Badgers won 8 in a row in the middle of the season, and surged in the standings. Following that, the Badgers lost five of their next six games. The Badgers allowed 71 points in the loss to Michigan. On the season, Wisconsin is 7th in the nation, allowing 61.1 points per game.
Offensively, Wisconsin is scoring 72.4 points per game. The top scorer for the Badgers has been guard Bronson Koenig. He is scoring more than 14 points per game. Wisconsin is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time in school history. The Badgers are seeking their 5th Final Four trip.
Hokies Looking to Get a Shot at Villanova
The Virginia Tech Hokies were battle tested through the Atlantic Coast Conference season, and would love a shot at Villanova. Virginia Tech is scoring 79.3 points per game, and allowing 74.4 per game. The top scorer for the Hokies has been forward Zach LeDay. He is scoring 16 points per game.
The Hokies lost late in the season at Louisville, before winning three straight. The Hokies then lost to Wake Forest, but got payback, downing them 99-90 in the conference tournament. Virginia Tech is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 9th time in school history. In 8 trips, the Hokies have won just 6 tournament games.
Hokies Outslug Badgers
This could be a pretty grind it out, knock them down, slow down type basketball game. The Wisconsin Badgers were exposed pretty good in the blowout loss on Sunday to Michigan. Look for Virginia Tech to take that blueprint to dial up a gameplan to beat the Badgers.
Virginia Tech is going to win this game over Wisconsin. This should be a fun game, and the winner is going to have quite the task. The folks at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York are going to get a thriller. The final bet for this game is the Virginia Tech Hokies +5.5 over the Wisconsin Badgers.
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