Sports Betting Picks Extra 03-24-2017 Wisconsin Vs. Florida
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Wisconsin looks to keep run going versus Florida
The Badgers look to add to that total Friday after delivering the tourney’s biggest upset by sending defending champion Villanova home.
The eighth-seeded Badgers (27-9) are the only team to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the past four tournaments, and they seek to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in four years when they face fourth-seeded Florida in the East Region semifinals at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Gators (26-8) easily handled Virginia in their second game, but even that convincing 65-39 victory doesn’t rate with what Wisconsin accomplished in the second round.
Top-seeded Villanova led by seven points with just over five minutes remaining Saturday and seemed intent on finishing off the Badgers. Instead, Wisconsin closed with a decisive 15-5 burst for a 65-62 victory. Suddenly, Badgers senior guard Bronson Koenig was envisioning reaching the Final Four for the third time in his career.
“We talked about the legacy we want to leave,” Koenig said. “Getting to the Final Four is one of the goals we talked about since the end of last season.”
The Badgers didn’t appear like a team capable of going on a tourney run when they lost five of six games late in the regular season. But they have turned it around by winning five of their past six games, defeating Virginia Tech in the first round before the attention-getting upset of Villanova.
Now they are looking for their 14th NCAA win over the last four years against a gritty Florida squad that won its first two tournament games by an average of 20.5 points.
The upset of Villanova elevated the Badgers into the trendy pick to also knock off the Gators, and Florida coach Mike White is just fine with rounding up the information to use as excess ammunition.
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