Wisconsin Badgers vs Syracuse Orange Picks, Prediction, and Odds
In one of the most interesting match-ups out of the Sweet 16 this year in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, we have the fourth seeded Wisconsin Badgers taking on the number one seed Syracuse Orange out in the East Region. This region had quite a few question marks coming into it, and some people were actually taking the Badgers to get knocked off early in this tournament, but they've proven once again that they simply know how to play big time games on the biggest stage of them all. Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches in college basketball, and he'll be up against another one of the biggest names and most well-respected coaches in Jim Boeheim on Thursday, March 22nd in this Sweet 16 game. Tip off is set for 7:15pm, so this is slated to be the early game on Thursday. The winner of this game will advance to play the winner of the Ohio State vs. Cincinnati game which is later on Thursday.
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Syracuse had National Title hopes surrounding them throughout the entire year, all the way until they were knocked out of the Big East Tournament and center Fab Melo was ruled ineligible. This all came at just about the same time, and they quickly feel out of favor as the popular choice to win it all. The Orange are now hoping to prove everyone wrong. They started off with a brief scare from UNC Asheville, but went on to beat them by seven. After that they went ahead and dominated Kansas State in the 2nd round by 16, and the hype is back for this team.
Wisconsin on the other hand is definitely flying under the radar once again. They picked up a four seed, and have been very impressive to this point of the tournament. The Badgers' 26-9 record this year was no joke, and they proved that by absolutely dominating Montana in the first round by a score of 73-49. After that, they went on to play probably one of the hottest teams in the country right now in Vanderbilt, who beat Kentucky about a week ago, and they knocked them off by three to get to this point.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Wisconsin Badgers: +4
- Syracuse Orange: -4
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I'm really not on the Syracuse bandwagon yet, and I think that they still have quite a bit to prove before I believe that they can contend this year. With that being said, their offense could run into some serious struggles against Wisconsin. I think that it'll take the Cuse' a bit to adjust to Wisconsin's playing style and that they could even be down at halftime. When all is said and done though, this team will be able to push their way to another win, but it's going to be a tight one that comes right down to the wire. Don't expect a blowout against this Wisconsin team.
Prediction: Syracuse Orange- 61 Wisconsin Badgers- 60
» Free Pick
This Wisconsin team will not give up anything easy, which is why I love the fact that I can get +4 with them against almost anyone. They'll be pushing for a low scoring game, and I think that it'll be a tight game. Don't expect the Badgers to bow out to the Syracuse Orange, and watch out for Bo Ryan and company to potentially pull off an upset as well. Regardless though, I'm picking the Wisconsin Badgers to cover the +4.
Pick: Wisconsin Badgers +4