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March Madness - Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs Wildcats College Hoops Game Preview

Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers Villanova Wildcats
21-13 March 20, 2014, 09:25 | First Niagara Center 28-4

No. 15 Milwaukee, with five straight covers to end the season, will be giving their supporters a bit of hope on Thursday as they face No. 2 Villanova as an East Region betting underdog.

Villanova is 26-4 SU past 30 games, but was upset in their league playoffs. They were -16.5 at Bovada in betting Wednesday. The total had been bet down to 140 at TopBet.

Villanova is 10-1 SU, 8-3 ATS in its past 11 games as favorites, but just 0-5 ATS in its past five tournament games. Milwaukee meanwhile is 6-2 SU, 7-1 ATS in its past eight games as underdogs and 4-2 ATS in the tournament since 2003.

Odds Shark computer pick - 79.3-66.7 Wildcats

The Wildcats are 28-4 so far on the season, and 21-9 ATS vs. the number. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 21-13 and 20-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Villanova go 18-11-1 and the Panthers go 17-15 on the totals.

View Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers vs Villanova Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 104-rated Wisc-Milwaukee taking on the No. 10-rated Wildcats in this contest.

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Wisc-Milwaukee won its last outing, a 69-63 result against Wright State on March 11. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Kyle Kelm scored 20 points leading the Panthers to a 69-63 victory over Wright State at Nutter Center on Tuesday.

In their last action, Villanova was a 64-63 loser at home against Seton Hall. The Wildcats endured a 64-63 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Josh Hart at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Panthers is ranked No. 183 in NCAA hoops at 33.68 per game. Contrast that with Villanova’s No. 49 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Villanova is the No. 5-ranked team in the country at 9.03 per game, while Wisc-Milwaukee rates No. 76 at 7.03 per game.

A few Panthers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisc-Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisc-Milwaukee's last 6 games
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 6 games