College Basketball Daily Selection

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014-15 Final regular season record: 36-36, Percentage: 50%
2014-15 Tournament record: 4-7, Percentage: 36%


Monday, April 6, 2015

WISCONSIN (36-3) VS. DUKE (34-4), 9:20 PM (ET)


Even though we won't have an unbeaten team trying to win the NCAA Championship, there still are two quality squads competing for the title in Wisconsin and Duke, who are a combined 70-7.

Many experts felt Kentucky was invincible but the Badgers proved them wrong. In addition, it was entirely reasonable to think Wisconsin could knock off the Wildcats, who showed their warts against Notre Dame in the Elite 8. Don't forget, Wisconsin had a week to prepare for them. The Badgers now have a short turnaround versus Duke and it might be difficult to get their focus away from Saturday's huge victory.

The Blue Devils struggled early against Michigan State in their semifinal affair but dominated the rest of the way en route to a 20-point win. They have outscored their tournament opponents by an average of 18 points per game.

This is a rematch of a Dec. 3 matchup when Duke defeated Wisconsin, 80-70, in Madison. The Blue Devils shot 65 percent from the field that day. Fast forward four months and all of their freshman have gained valuable experience.

Don't expect Duke to shoot 65 percent in this contest but the players will do just enough to get the victory.

SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Duke to win the title.

THE TRENDS REPORT

Wisconsin is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five games
Duke is 5-0 both SU and ATS in its last five games
Duke is 2-1 both SU and ATS the last three meetings


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