In the East region, the second of two semifinal games features the No. 8 seeded Wisconsin Badgers versus the No. 4 seeded Florida Gators. The current line on top sportsbooks has Florida favored by 1.5 points with the over/under point total on 131.5.
In their past 10 games played, Wisconsin is 6-4 straight up and against the spread, while Florida in its past 10 games played is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Wisconsin, to reach its Sweet 16 game, defeated Virginia Tech in round one and then record a huge upset over No. 1 seeded Villanova in the second round. Florida defeated East Tennessee State in round one and Virginia in round two to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16.
Wisconsin defeated Villanova by three points after trailing by 7 points with just five minutes left in regulation, but rallied to outscore the Wildcats 15-5 the remainder of the way. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points against Villanova and has scored 14 points or more in four straight games.
Bronson Koenig the leading scorer for Wisconsin scored 17 against Villanova. Koenig scored 21 points against Virginia Tech in its first round game.
The Badgers have played strong defense thus far in the tournament. Wisconsin has won 5 of its past 6 overall. The Badgers have averaged 72.1 points per game which is No. 203 in the nation, while allowing just 61.8 points per game which is No. 11 in the country.
Florida’s defense was excellent against Virginia allowing the Cavaliers just 39 points in its 26-point win, holding Virginia to 29.5% shooting from the floor.
Devin Robinson scored 14 points to lead the Gators, while grabbing 11 boards. KeVaughn Allen the leading scorer for Florida has hit just 3 of his 21 shots in the first two games of the tournament.
Florida is averaging 77.8 points per games which is No. 68 in the nation, while allowing just 65.6 points per game to rank them No. 37 in the nation.
Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in it past 6 games played and 7-1 ATS in its past 8 games against non-conference opponents.
Florida is 0-3-1 ATS in its past 4 games played on Friday and 1-4 ATS in its past 5 games played following a win ATS.
With this free pick, we like Wisconsin to cover.