Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) vs Xavier Bulldogs (1-0)Date : 11/13/2018
Time : 6:30 pm EST
Location : Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Wisconsin Badgers vs Xavier Bulldogs
The Wisconsin Badgers will visit Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, to face off against the Xavier Bulldogs in college basketball action on Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 pm EST. The badgers are coming off a 22-point win over the Coppin State Eagles on Tuesday night as they outscored the Eagles 49-27 in the first half and cruised to victory behind Dimitric Trice who not only scored 21 points for the night, but, hit five of nine three pointers during the contest as well. The Bulldogs also got an 91-85 home win over the Evansville Aces on Saturday night as they shot 51% from the field while also hitting 10 of 22 three point field goals to get the much needed win.
Wisconsin Badgers's Latest Performance :
The Badgers scored 49 points in the first half of their outing versus the Coppin State Eagles while cruising to victory as they were led by D’Mitrik Trice with 21 points while Ethan Happ contributed ten points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists on the day. For the game, Wisconsin only shot 41% for the game yet they were able to cause turnovers to the tune of 14 for the Eagles. Also, they were also efficient on defense as they allowed Coppin State to shoot only 36% percent from the floor in the contest.
Much like Badger teams in the past, Wisconsin’s philosophy remains “defense first” for 2018, and they will certainly be facing a challenge in neutralizing an offensive attack in Xavier that was red hot in their last outing.
Xavier Bulldogs 's Latest Performance :
Xavier pulled out a win over the Aces of Evansville on Saturday night as they were led by Paul Scruggs with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists while Tyrique Jones had 19 for the Bulldogs as they moved to 2-0 on the year while winning their second straight game of their young season. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Aces 47-22, yet the ability of Evansville to hit the three-ball kept them in the contest throughout (17 of 33). KJ Riley and Shea Feehan each scored twenty points for the Aces as they combined for five three pointers in the contest.
On the other hand, Kevin Kuhlman hit four threes for the night for Xavier as he finished with 12 points. They will certainly need to ensure that they shore up their perimeter defensive vulnerabilities versus a Wisconsin team that is very efficient on offense as they put up 85 points in their last outing.
How Wisconsin Badgers & Xavier Bulldogs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wisconsin is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 0-0
Xavier is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this game to be a challenge for both teams. On one hand, the Bulldogs will be looking to maintain their offense cohesiveness versus a Wisconsin team that thrives on ensuring that they cause disruptions for the opposing offense to get going. Also, look for the Badger offense to heat up versus a Bulldogs defense that allowed 43% shooting from the three-point line in their last outing. Nonetheless, expect this game to be a low scoring and competitive one throughout as both teams will battle defensively in which to garner up some offensive momentum.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Wisconsin Badgers
My reason for the pick :
I will pick the Badgers in this instance in that they will certainly neutralize the offense for Xavier in this matchup while allowing them to play a slower, more defensive minded style of game. With that being said, look for the road team to control the pace while also battling for a hard-fought victory in the end. Also, the Badgers are 3-0 ATS while being 2-1 in their last three road games. It is for this reason that one can expect the Badgers to perform well in a hostile environment on Tuesday night while picking up a close win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be the play in this contest as Wisconsin will be in total control throughout. As stated, their defensive prowess will prevent Xavier to play a more up-tempo type of game, thus allowing them to struggle in which to pick up baskets. In all, with Wisconsin controlling the pace, look for the under, which has been the play in their last three games overall, to be the huge play in this matchup on Tuesday.
Betting trends for Wisconsin Badgers:
- Wisconsin is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
- Wisconsin is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Wisconsin’s last 10 games
Betting trends for Xavier Bulldogs :
- Xavier is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
- Xavier is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Xavier’s last 8 games