Wisconsin vs Belmont: NCAA Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Belmont

Southeast Region - Tucson

March 17 - 7:27 truTV

 

Belmont has been the trendy upset pick by many and that began even before the brackets were announced. Rick Byrd's Bruins go 11 deep and seven average at least five points per game. Forwards Mick Hedgepeth and Scott Saunders play well off of each other and when Belmont succeeds at speeding teams up turnovers tend to follow. But Wisconsin is a tough matchup for Belmont: the Badgers have an experienced point guard in Jordan Taylor who ranks among the nation's best, they don't turn the ball over and they've played more than 60 possessions in a game just eight times this season (65+ just once). Good luck speeding up Wisconsin, who also has forwards Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil to count on for scoring. The meeting between the Bruins and Badgers is a great contrast in styles, but Belmont will have to execute in the half-court if they're to pull off the upset.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Wisconsin

Belmont

 

Stars to Watch:

G Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)

G Ian Clark (Belmont)

 

Vegas Odds:

Wisconsin -4.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Wisconsin 62 - Belmont 60

KenPom: Wisconsin 66 - Belmont 63

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Belmont

 

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