Wisconsin Badgers vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 3/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Baylor Bears
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (+6)
The Baylor Bears (23-2) play the Wisconsin Badgers (18-12) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor opens this contest as 6-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 138.
Wisconsin will take the court with a record of 18-12 this year. They average 70.1 points per contest (208th in college hoops) while hitting 42.4% from the field. The Badgers are hitting 36.5% on shots from distance (261 of 716) and 76.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Wisconsin is pulling in 33.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 401 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 34th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 8.9 times per contest and as a team they commit 16.1 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Badgers are able to force 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.2 personal fouls. The Badgers are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.1% (704 of 1,671) and they concede 35.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are 302nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 370 conceded so far this year. They give up 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 39th in college hoops in PPG allowed (64.2).
The Wisconsin Badgers faced the North Carolina Tar Heels and notched a win by a score of 85-62 in their last game. Wisconsin walked away from the contest with a 50.8% FG percentage (31 of 61) and buried 13 of 27 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Badgers buried 10 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned 34 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When it comes to defending, Wisconsin allowed the other team to shoot 38.5% from the field on 25 of 65 shooting. North Carolina earned 10 assists and had 2 steals in this matchup. Additionally, North Carolina pulled down 30 rebounds (10 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. North Carolina finished the game shooting 70.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 10 attempts. They knocked down 5 of their 13 shots from 3-point range.
Brad Davison is someone who came through in the game. He ended up finishing with 29 points on 10 out of 15 shooting. He played for 37 minutes played and snagged 6 boards. Davison ended up going 66.7% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Badgers was D'Mitrik Trice. He pulled down 5 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. He finished the game shooting 53.3% from the field in the matchup by shooting 8-of-15 (21 points). When the game finished, Trice earned 3 assists.
Baylor has a win-loss record of 23-2 this year. When it comes to offense, the Bears are shooting 48.9% from the field, which ranks them 26th in college basketball. Baylor has accounted for 2,104 points on the campaign (84.2 per contest) and they snag 36.7 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 17.0 times per game (12th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 12.3 times per game. The Bears are responsible for committing 17.1 fouls every game and they hit 69.5% from the charity stripe. The Bears are ranked 61st in D-1 in points allowed per game with 66.0. They are able to force 17.6 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.0% from the floor (162nd in college hoops). The Baylor defense gives up 33.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (160 of 478) and their opposition knocks down 69.0% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.3 assists and 32.2 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 126th and 54th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the Baylor Bears took home the win by a final score of 79-55 when they faced the Hartford Hawks. The Bears corralled 28 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 42 in the game. They coughed it up 10 times, while recording 15 steals in this matchup. The Hawks committed 15 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Bears to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to knock down 6 of those for a rate of 60.0%. Concerning 3-point shots, Baylor converted 11 of their 33 attempts (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Bears finished the game shooting 31 for 75 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.3%. The Bears allowed the Hawks to bury 19 out of 54 tries from the floor which had them shooting 35.2% for this game. They finished shooting 22.7% from distance by shooting 5 of 22 and finished the contest at 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Baylor allowed Hartford to collect 30 in all (4 offensive).
MaCio Teague ended up having an impact for the Bears in this contest. He converted 9 of 17 for the matchup for a rate of 52.9%, and earned 4 rebounds. Teague tallied 22 points in his 27 minutes on the court, but didn't get an assist. An additional guy that was pivotal for Baylor was Jared Butler. He left the arena with 9 assists in his 33 mins on the court, and he converted 5 out of 16 from the floor. Butler walked away from this one going 31.3% from the floor in addition to earning 13 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baylor (-6)
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