The Wisconsin Badgers and the Arizona Wildcats clash in the March Madness elite eight this Saturday at 8:49 PM ET, at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California.
Arizona has won 10 of the last 12 games, only losing Arizona State, and against UCLA in the PAC-12 tournament final.
“It’s hard to get to a Final Four,” said the Wildcats coach Sean Miller, who started his coaching career as a Badgers assistant in 1992. “You can be really good and not make it, both as a coach, a team and a player.”
“We are tough, nasty and relentless,” added Arizona freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Wisconsin hasn’t had a complicated rival so far; they handled the American University, Oregon and Baylor pretty easy, beating all of them by double-digit difference.
“More people knew my dad at Final Fours than me,” Badgers coach Bo Ryan remembers after his Badgers crushed Baylor 69-52 Thursday night to make it to another Elite Eight. “It was our bonding time. Hell, I always had time there ’cause I’ve never been able to play in one of the dang things. But now he’s gone and it just seems like maybe this year …”
Arizona is a 3 point favorite over Wisconsin in the March Madness betting odds. The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5, and the Badgers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.