The #12 Ole Miss Rebels and the #5 Wisconsin Badgers are set to do battle in the Second Round. Join us for this and all of our 2013 NCAA Tournament picks here at Cappers Info, as our college basketball handicappers’ picks are hot off of the presses and ready for you to enjoy.
West Region Picks: #12 Ole Miss Rebels vs. #5 Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 12:40 ET
West Region Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Ole Miss vs. Wisconsin Live on TV: truTV
Second Round Betting Lines
#12 Ole Miss Rebels +5
#5 Wisconsin Badgers -5
The Rebels are a nice story of a team that made it to the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament and doing things the hard way. They went 26-8 this year and should theoretically be ready to make a run in the dance… right? Perhaps not so fast. There’s a reason that the Rebs are only a No. 12 seed and probably wouldn’t have made they tourney had they not beaten the Gators in the SEC Championship Game. That was literally the first marquee win that Ole Miss picked up this year. Prior to that, the team had been beaten by 14 by the aforementioned Gators in its only other RPI Top 20 game. Now, a battle-tested set of Badgers comes to the table in a game that shouldn’t really be all that close. The defense for Head Coach Bo Ryan has a history of smothering out foes, and we just don’t see how G Marshall Henderson and his 20.1 points per game is going to be able to torch this unit when most of the best players in the Big Ten haven’t been able to either. It’s just not a great matchup for the Rebs, who we think will go down without much of a fight to promptly end their season. Wisconsin has been to back to back Sweet 16s, and it will take one more step in that direction again on Friday.
Ole Miss vs. Wisconsin Free Pick: Wisconsin Badgers -5
Ole Miss vs. Wisconsin Predictions: Wisconsin 61 – Ole Miss 49