Well, we’ve already made it through another week. With no NBA action on tap for three more days, we’ll take you through a few NCAA games that are worth putting some money down on.
Illinois (10-15) @ #20 Wisconsin (17-8)
Yeah, this has been a season to forget for Illinois, as absolutely nothing has been going right for them. The losses continue to pile up, as the rest of the season comes into the picture. They are #8 in the Big Ten and are five games under .500. Trent Frazier is leading their offense at 15 points per game and has a few guys underneath him who are getting buckets, but it is never enough, and the defense is poor at best.
The Badgers, on the other hand, are a serious force to be reckoned with. Nationally ranked and looking to get back into March Madness, they have Ethan Happ to thank for his dominance out there. He’s scoring 18.4 points per game, grabbing 10.5 boards, while dishing 4.8 assists out. He has no jumper but has no need for one with production like this. He’s a future lottery pick for sure.
Prediction: Wisconsin by 30.
#12 Purdue (18-7) @ Indiana (13-12)
Purdue has looked terrific all season, and Carsen Edwards continues to get buckets. He’s averaging 24.4 points per game and is also leading the team in assists. They lack size and rebounding, as nobody is averaging more than six boards per game, as this is something they have been doing by committee. If Edwards and Ryan Cline have their shots dropping tonight, it’ll be an easy win.
Indiana, despite their unimpressive record, has been very competitive this year and has wins over nationally ranked opponents. Purdue, who is in their conference, should know not to take Indiana lightly. Romero Langford is averaging 17 points per game, while Juwan Morgan is posting a 15-point, eight-rebound line per night. These two are the only hope for the team, but they have a shot.
Prediction: Indiana won’t win, Purdue by 15+.
#16 Louisville (18-8) @ Syracuse (17-8)
In what will be a fun battle between two talented ACC teams, we first look at Louisville. Jordan Nwora has been a terrific player for them, averaging close to 18 points and eight boards per game. Dwayne Sutton and Christian Cunningham both score roughly 11 points per game, and the three of them tend to be pretty reliable. Every player in the rotation has three-point capability, something to keep an eye on.
The Orange have been a competitive team this year, and hope to keep pace with Louisville and move up from #6 in the conference. Tyus Battle is averaging 17 points, Elijah Hughes is scoring 14, while Oshae Brissett is averaging 14 and eight per game. This team does not lack playmakers and scorers but struggles at times to close games. A strong second-half could be big.
Prediction: Louisville by 10.