Montana vs Wisconsin Best Bet
Big Sky dual champion Montana plays the fourth-place team in the Big Ten, Wisconsin, in the East Regional 4-13 game Thursday afternoon.
The Grizzlies, who have won 20 of their last 21 games, are getting nine points from the Badgers, who are playing in the tournament for the 14th straight season. Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS past 5 first-round games.
The game is being played at The Pit, which makes it technically a neutral site match. The 13 seeds are 9-5 ATS in past 14 games vs No. 4 seeds.
The Grizzlies will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 17-9-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Badgers are 16-14 ATS. Montana is 14-12-1 on the totals; Wisconsin is 14-16.
Wisconsin opened as 10-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Badgers at No. 43 and the Grizzlies at No. 64 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 73-71 result in favor of the Badgers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Wisconsin's No. 263-ranked offense, averaging 63.9 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 47 at 61.7 PPG. The Badgers field goal percentage has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Grizzlies marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.
Defensively, Montana features the nation's No. 56-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.3 points per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, comes in at No. 262 nationally in scoring at home.
Montana was an 85-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Weber State. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Kareem Jamar scored 23 points leading the Grizzlies to an 85-66 victory over Weber State at Dahlberg Arena on Wednesday.
In their last action, Wisconsin was a 65-52 loser on the road against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Jordan Taylor scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Badgers to a win (they lost 65-52 to Michigan State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday).
Montana Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Weber State are 6-4
After a win are 10-0
Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
After playing Michigan State are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4
A few Grizzlies at Badgers trends to consider:
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Wisconsin's last 9 games
Wisconsin is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games