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Badgers will be in tough to pull off upset vs Cavaliers

The Wisconsin Badgers are on the road tonight to play the defensive-minded Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Badgers have been off to a terrible start and could face difficulty making the NCAA Tournament with three losses already this season before conference play. The Badgers will look to upset the Cavaliers, 6-0 SU and ATS this season, and opened as huge +365 road dogs.

SHARK BITES
  • Virginia is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as a favorite of 8.5 or more.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Wisconsin’s last eight games as underdog.
  • Virginia is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games in November.

The Cavaliers have always been known to be a lockdown unit and it still remains true this season. Virginia is allowing only 52 points per game to opposing offenses which is good for second in the country. Sophomore guard Kyle Guy has paced the Cavs in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game and shooting 48 percent from three-point range. Their rowdy home crowd should discombobulate the Badgers and assist the Cavs with their stingy “pack-line” defense.

The Badgers are 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games and this isn’t the same Wisconsin squad that dominated the Big Ten recently. The Badgers dropped three consecutive games to superior competition in Xavier, Baylor and UCLA. These are all the type of teams that they would face in an NCAA Tournament and after making the Sweet 16 in four consecutive years, this could be the regression year for Wisconsin.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at sportsbooks such as Bovada had set the Virginia Cavaliers as 8-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. The betting line may have moved; check for updates at shops such as MyBookie.

Wisconsin Badgers vs Virginia Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Virginia Cavaliers sport a record of 6-0 and 5-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Wisconsin Badgers have 3-3 and 2-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-4 for the Virginia Cavaliers and 2-3 for the Wisconsin Badgers.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 16 and the Badgers sitting at No. 12.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Badgers blew out Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 71-49 win at Kohl Center.

The Cavaliers got 19 points from Isaiah Wilkins as Virginia ran past Rhode Island 70-55 on Friday at Barclays Center.

Betting Trends
  • Wisconsin is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Wisconsin is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 6 games on the road
  • Virginia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 7 games
  • Virginia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Wisconsin home to Ohio State, Saturday, December 2
Virginia at Lehigh, Saturday, December 2

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