NCAA Basketball Picks: Saint Louis vs. Wisconsin

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

The Wisconsin Badgers will be playing just their second regular season game in school history outside of United States territory, as they prepare to face the Saint Louis Billikens Tuesday. With the lines set tight, where do we believe that the best sports betting value lies tonight?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA Basketball betting odds for this non-conference matchup in the 2013 Cancun Challenge, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.

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A good start 

Saint Louis is off to a perfect 5-0 start, which includes a 74-47 blowout victory over the Bowling Green Falcons as 19.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 160. 

The Billikens have six players averaging 7.0 or more points per game, with senior forward Dwayne Evans leading the charger at 13.6. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 10-4 SU and 9-4-1 ATS on a neutral floor, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (7-7 Over/Under).

Shooting the lights out

Wisconsin is trying to open a season with seven consecutive wins for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign, as it averages 80.2 points per game—up from 65.0 a year ago. 

The Badgers are leading the Big Ten Conference in shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc.   

College basketball handicappers need to realized that all five starters are averaging in double figures, with sophomore Sam Dekker leading the way at 14.7. 

Quite a class 

The Billikens are certainly dangerous underdogs on any floor, as their senior has the chance to go down as the winningest class in school history—needing to post 24 victories this season. 

Saint Louis’ current seniors played in Mexico as freshmen at the Governor’s Cup tournament held in Cancun, which could give the team a decisive advantage in this matchup.

A key statistic

It’s important to point out that the Badgers have won 94 of their last 95 games when shooting a higher percentage from the floor than their opponent, while also capturing 46 of 47 when shooting 45 percent or better from the field overall. 

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Billikens with their NCAA Basketball picks, as the Badgers have allowed opponents to shooting 47.3 percent on the season.

Saint Louis improves to 23-7 ATS in its last 30 overall games with a SU victory in this affair.

College Basketball Pick:  Saint Louis Billikens +1.5

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