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Badgers And Wildcats Meet For West Regional Final on Saturday Night
Updated February 9, 2023
Not that the rest of the tournament hasn’t been exciting, but now we are into the thrilling portion; the regional finals. The Elite Eight features the best teams in the nation and the West final pits the Wildcats of Arizona against the Badgers of Wisconsin. This game will be one of the more difficult to predict, but the one-seed Wildcats should be able to hold-off the two-seed Badgers as they grab a berth in the Final Four.
Wildcats screaming towards berth in Final Four
Arizona has just four losses on the season to go with their 33 wins. This is the only contest in the Elite Eight that pits a one-seed against a two-seed. Arizona has not moved past Anaheim in three previos attempts, all dating back to 1998, and would like to do so tonight against Wisconsin. Arizona spent eight weeks in the number-one ranking this season and recorded 21 straight wins to begin the season. The Wildcats shot 36 percent from three-point range this year.
Badgers aiming for first appearance in Final Four since 2000
Wisconsin has not been to the Final Four since 2000, so a win tonight would be very special for the Badgers. It would be even more special since it would come against one of the better teams in the country this season. In fact, the Badgers have been to just one regional final in their current stretch of 13 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin have averaged 38 percent from beyond the arc this season, which come in handy tonight against Arizona. Look for Wisconsin to put up a fight until the very end.
We head over to Bovada.lv to find the betting odds between Arizona and Wisconsin tonight. The Wildcats are favored by just three-points in the West Final. We will lay the line with 10 percent of our bankroll in favor of Arizona as they advance to the Final Four to keep their national title hopes alive.
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