We are one step closer to witnessing who will be crowned national champion as sportsbooks and players alike are set to bet on the Sweet Sixteen round of the March Madness betting tournament. There are 8 total matchups to choose from, and one contest that should draw a considerable amount of action is the pairing between Wisconsin and Florida.
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Few bettors expected this type of matchup so late in the tournament. Especially when considering that the Badgers had to face both Virginia Tech and Villanova to get this far. Seeing Florida this deep in the tournament isn’t as surprising, but we’ll have to wait and see how these two fare against each other.
Wisconsin vs. Florida – Friday, March 24
When: 10:00 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV: TBS, NCAA Live Stream
NCAA Basketball Tournament Line:
Wisconsin Badgers +2 (-110) 131 ½ (-110) +115
Florida Gators -2 (-110) 131 ½ (-110) -135
The Badgers come into this matchup flashing a 27-9 record (12-6 in Big Ten) that paved the way to a second place finish within Wisconsin’s conference. In Big Ten Tournament play, the Badgers were able to advance all the way to the championship match, where they lost 56-71 against Michigan.
So far in this year’s March Madness betting tournament, Wisconsin has been tasked with facing Virginia Tech and Villanova. In their contest against the Hokies, Wisconsin didn’t break a sweat as they advanced past Virginia Tech 84-74. Of course, Nova posed a much stronger obstacle for the Badgers but Wisconsin was still able to upset one of this year’s favorites with a fantastic finish. The final score read 65-62 Wisconsin.
The Badgers will turn to Bronson Koenig to help them deliver yet another upset. Koenig is leading the program in points with his average of 14.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per contest. Second in points for Wisconsin is Ethan Happ who is draining 13.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per outing.
Florida turned in another impressive season this year and posted a 26-8 record (14-4 in SEC play) that gave way to a 2nd place finish in the conference. Despite the top-ranking finished Florida turned in in the conference, the Gators were unable to advance past the quarterfinals in the SEC Tournament, where they got sent home by Vanderbilt 62-72 in overtime.
The Gators have had a slightly smoother road to the Sweet Sixteen Round than Wisconsin. Florida faced off against Virginia in the second round of the tournament and laid a 65-39 beating into the Cavaliers. Florida delivered a similar performance in the 1st round where they faced East Tennessee State and pummeled them 80-65.
Florida is hoping for another dominant performance Friday night and KeVaughn Allen will be crucial to that. Allen is currently leading the program with his average of 13.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assist per contest.