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James Madison to Cover Spread vs Wisconsin

This matchup between 12th-seeded James Madison and fifth-seeded Wisconsin is what March Madness betting odds are all about. This game is set up to be pure chaos and it could ruin many people’s brackets, whether they pick up the upset or not.

The Dukes won the Sun Belt championship by beating Arkansas State 91-71, now having won 13 straight games. However, the Badgers made a deep run to the Big Ten tournament, reaching the championship game before losing to Illinois 93-87.

James Madison to Cover Spread vs Wisconsin
James Madison to Cover Spread vs Wisconsin


James Madison vs Wisconsin Game Information

  • Game: James Madison (31-3) vs Wisconsin (22-13)
  • Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 22, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • James Madison vs Wisconsin Live Stream: TBS.com


This game will be exciting for March Madness best bets. James Madison is a really good team, but it will have to get past Wisconsin, a school from a much bigger conference, to prove how good of a team it truly is.


James Madison vs Wisconsin Odds and Spreads


  • Badgers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.
  • Badgers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater.
  • Over is 5-0 in Badgers last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Over is 5-0 in Badgers last 5 games following a ATS loss.
  • Over is 5-0 in Dukes last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Over is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
  • Over is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  • Over is 4-0 in Dukes last 4 games as an underdog of 13.0 or greater.



James Madison vs Wisconsin ATS Pick: James Madison +5½

Whether James Madison can beat Wisconsin and go on a Cinderella run is still debatable. However, what does not need to be debated is how good the Dukes have been this season and whether they will be able to challenge the Badgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


College basketball spreads favor Wisconsin to win the game, but there is more than enough to back James Madison to keep this matchup close. For one, it is hard not to have faith in a team that has won over 30 games. Furthermore, the Dukes are averaging 84.4 points per game, 10th in the nation.

On the other hand, while Wisconsin had a solid season and a great run in the Big Ten tournament, there were some moments for concern. In the final 11 games of the regular season, the Badgers only had three wins, which led to them sliding down the Big Ten standings after a strong start. They did turn it around in the tournament, upsetting top-seeded Purdue, but it is hard to overlook the final 11 games of the season when making college basketball picks.

James Madison can keep this game close and possibly pull off the upset. If Wisconsin had not made its run in the Big Ten tournament, it would have been on upset watch.



James Madison vs Wisconsin Over/Under Pick: Over 145

This matchup could be one of the highlights of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. James Madison is a very good team that has a chance to upset Wisconsin, with both programs featuring solid offenses. College basketball odds are leaning toward a high-scoring game, which could make the over an option in picks.

Over the Badgers’ last 10 games, they have hit the over in nine, with six lines set at 140 or more. The Dukes have one of the top 10 offenses in the nation and will have to put that on display against a formidable Big Ten opponent to cover the spread.



James Madison vs Wisconsin Player Prop Pick: AJ Storr Over 18.5 points (-117)

Throughout the season, AJ Storr was the backbone of Wisconsin’s offense, averaging 16.9 points. However, in the season’s biggest games, Storr stepped up even more offensively, which could happen in the NCAA tournament. Throughout the Badgers four games in the Big Ten tournament, Storr averaged 22.5 points per game, scoring 20 or more in the final three games.


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James Madison vs Wisconsin Score Prediction

Wisconsin 76, James Madison 73



Questions Of The Day

How real of a chance does James Madison have to upset Wisconsin?

James Madison has won 13 games straight and could shock Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, moving on to the second round.

If James Madison wins, could it make a run in the NCAA tournament?

Having won the Sun Belt and entered the NCAA Tournament on a 13-game winning streak, James Madison is one of the top candidates for a Cinderella run.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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