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College Basketball Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wisconsin Badgers Start Time, Betting Odds

The Wisconsin Badgers are taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies in NCAA Tournament play on Thursday night. The game is scheduled for a 9:40 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on CBS. The college basketball odds for the game have the Badgers favored to pick up the victory in the one.

College Basketball Odds
Wisconsin -5.5
Total: 136 points

Wisconsin is looking to recover from a Big Ten title game loss to Michigan. The Badgers are the eighth seed in the tournament and legitimately have a chance to hang with Villanova if they are able to win this one here over the Hokies.

The Badgers have a great inside-out game with Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ. They aren’t a flashy team or one that puts up a crazy amount of points, but they are an experienced team the can play within itself and feed Happ for easy buckets inside. Virginia Tech could have a tough time slowing them down on the interior in this one, it should be an advantage for the Badgers. Another way Wisconsin should be able to build an edge is on the glass, where Wisconsin could have the upper hand over a team that ranks 320th in rebounding.

The Hokies can score (79.3 per game) and have five guys that average in double figures, plus another at nine points per game. Wisconsin ranks eighth nationally in defensive efficiency rankings, allowing only 91.3 points per 100 possessions, so that should mean this game is a strength on strength contest.

Virginia Tech played in an extremely tough ACC this season, but Wisconsin is full of guys that have grit and just work hard. They also have some quality experience, which will come into play here.

Happ and Koenig will be the ones who push the Badgers to a win.

Free Pick: Wisconsin

Movie Virginia Tech Vs. Wisconsin (Betting NCAA Basketball)

Professionals see a mismatches within the player matchups for this game. handicapped by Pro Bettor Dave Essler - with RJ Bell from the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas. Get his NCAA College Basketball Free Pick: Virginia Tech Vs. Wisconsin