NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview
Wisconsin Badgers VS Xavier Musketeers
# 2 Xavier Musketeers and the # 7 Wisconsin Badgers will meet tonight in a battle for their Sweet 16 spots in St-Louis. This battle will be a physical one highlighting the different styles and pace of each teams. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview. Come enjoy our March Madness contests at Fanpicks with over 5 MILLION dollars in prizes for the NCAA TOURNAMENT.
Xavier ranks among the top teams remaining in this tournament especially when it comes down to their potent offense. The Musketeers average 81 pts per game with about 72.6 possessions. In contrast, the Badgers average 68.2 pts per game with about 63.9 possessions.
On top of that, the Badgers only shot 32.1 % from the field. Their freshman Ethan Happ accounted for almost a third of their pts (15) however, the teams’s top 2 scorers, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes combined for a terrible 14 pts and 4 of 25 from the field. The Badgers will need to have their key players to step up big time to the plate and finish their big plays if they want to head back like the past 2 seasons to the Final Four. A performance like the one against the Panthers will have them out of the contest in the first half. Maybe with history on their side, entering this second round, only Kentucky and Louisville have recorded more wins in an NCAA tournament than the Badgers.
The Musketeers however are going into this game confident and aiming for their 2nd consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. They made it to the Sweet 16 five times in the last seven years. They shot 48.4 % in their first round game and are extremely dominant on the rebound section, led by their senior James Farr. Farr recorded his 6th double-double of the season with a 18 pts and 15 boards performance. Their leading scorer Trevon Bluiett averages 15.3 pts and has been instrumental in the team’s success this year. Xavier has only lost twice in their past 11 games against Big Ten Conference teams and won their last 2 meetings against the Badgers, including a 2nd round NCAA tournament win back in 2009.