Duke vs. Wisconsin Picks with NCAA Championship Odds at PK

Steven Suarez

Sunday, April 5, 2015 4:54 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 5, 2015 4:54 PM GMT

We've down to the final two, with Duke and Wisconsin ready to duke it out for the title. The college basketball oddsmakers see this one as a complete tossup - where do we at SBR think the value is?

Odds Overview
We've got two number one seeds in the national championship game, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

What a game this should. The Blue Devils and Badgers have been excellent throughout the season and thoroughly deserve their spots in the final two, but what do the sportsbooks make of Monday's game? Oddsmakers see this matchup as a complete tossup, with the line currently at a pick'em. As for the total, the O/U is quoted at 140.

More NCAA Tournament Picks for Wisconsin Badgers vs. Duke Blue Devils

Duke Blue Devils
All things considered, it's been relatively smooth sailing for the Blue Devils so far in the tournament. They stormed past Robert Morris in the opening round, outlasted Utah in the next round, and then recorded two very impressive wins in a row over Gonzaga (66-52) in the Elite Eight and then Michigan State (81-61) in the Final Four.

It appears the Blue Devils saved their best for last against Tom Izzo's Spartans. They were leading throughout and never really lost control of the game on their way to the 20-point win. Duke only hit two threes, but shot an impressive 52.0 percent from the field and 27-of-37 (73 percent) from the charity stripe.

Duke got 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals from Justise Winslow, while Jahlil Okafor logged 18 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Quinn Cook added 17 points, but it was the team's defense that really stood out most - the Blue Devils held Michigan State to just 40.0 percent shooting in the defeat.

 

Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers did what no one else could do, beating the Wildcats in a 71-64 win in an amazing Final Four game on Sunday. The victory topped off an amazing run that's seen Wisconsin beat Coastal Carolina, Oregon, North Carolina and Arizona as well.

Of course, the victory over Kentucky is the most impressive by far. No one has been able to stop the Wildcats, but Wisconsin showed no fear and rose to the occasion in a big way. The Badgers shot 47.9 percent from the floor, 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the three-point line and 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) from the charity stripe. 

Frank Kaminsky contined his stellar season by recording 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sam Dekker hit some big shots once again and ended up with 16 points, and Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig both hit double figures too. After such an amazing win, we can't wait to see if Kaminsky, Dekker and company can carry it over into Monday.

 

NCAA Basketball Pick
This is going to be an incredible game and one that should be back and forth throughout. It's tough to find much of an edge on either side of the equation here, as both teams have proven they deserve to be here and are doing great things on both ends of the court.

The number of playmakers on the court will be staggering, and we're especially excited to see two matchups in particular: Kaminsky will try to out-duel fab freshman Okafor, while we expect Winslow and Dekker to be matched up and have a terrific battle of their own on Monday night.

But, who wins out? We think Duke will be the last ones standing. Winslow and Okafor have been performing at a high level and match up well with the Badgers' top stars, but then the Blue Devils also throw one of the most talented backcourts in the nation at you, with Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook both having outstanding seasons. We believe Duke may have just a little more talent in the starting five, and therefore we're taking them to win it all for our NCAA Championship pick.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils +105 at BookMaker

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