You remember the rules for Mr. Kensington's Degenerate Gambling Challenge, yes? We give you the (fake) over-under lines, you put your picks in the comments, and the fella or gal who gets the most right wins a warm can of Dr. Storm soda and a half-eaten bag of chili cheese Fritos.
Without further ado:
1) Wisconsin turnovers: 9.5
If Marquette hopes to steal this game, you better pray for the over on this one. Wisconsin is one of the best teams in the country at not turning it over (#10 in KenPom offensive TO%), while Marquette is one of the best at forcing turnovers (#11 in KenPom defensive TO%). Something's gotta give. Marquette's defense, and its offense for that matter, is predicated on forcing turnovers. Will they get 'em today?
2) Wisconsin offensive rebounds: 8.5
Marquette allowed Tennessee to grab 18 offensive rebounds in their last outing...18!!! Wisconsin is not a terrific offensive rebounding team, but they will certainly have the size advantage in this game. If MU is fortunate enough to force misses, we better hope they can limit the number of second chance opportunities for the Badgers.
3) Duane Wilson points: 12.5
Duane shot the lights out in MU's last outing. Will the
freshman red-shirt freshman be able to provide the offensive spark the Golden Eagles will need to pull off the upset?
4) Derrick Wilson points: 6.5
While we're discussing Wilsons and scoring, let's talk about our man Derrick. The senior scored a very un-Derrick-like 11 points, on 4-4 shooting in his last game -- including a 3-pointer! Will he be able to create offense like that today?
5) Golden Eagles scoring in double figures: 2.5
The trend lately has been: one guy goes nuts, one guy supports him, and everyone else high fives those two at the end of the game. Will MU have more contributors today?
6) "F@#k the Badgers" chants from the student section: 2.5
Last time this game was played at the Bradley Center, there was some discussion about the use (or overuse) of the Eff the Badgers chant by the student section. Listen students: I'm with ya. F@#k these guys, indeed. But just don't go to the well too often. It shows a lack of creativity and lets those that wish to paint you in a bad light do exactly that.
7) Badgers: -9.5
Let's be honest: no one expects Marquette to win today. BUT the last 5 MU-UW games have been decided by an average of 7.4 points. The only game over 9.5 was the 2012 match-up, when Vander Blue, Junior Cadougan, and Ryan Evans' horrible free throw shooting led Marquette to a 10-point win. So...you laying the points?