The Wisconsin Badgers (36-3; 16-2) earned a hard-fought victory over tournament-favorite Kentucky on Saturday, while the Duke Blue Devils (34-3; 15-3) surged to a win over Michigan State in the early game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The two No. 1 seeds will meet on Monday night to determine the national championship.
The game is listed as a pick'em, with the over/under at 140 points, according to bovada.lv. Entering the tournament, Wisconsin had the third best odds to win the national championship (17/2), while Duke was fourth (9/1). In their last two games, the Badgers knocked off the two teams that were given better odds at the start of the tournament: Arizona (15/2) and Kentucky (6/5).
This will be the second meeting between Wisconsin and Duke this season. Duke defeated Wisconsin on Dec. 8 in Madison, 80-70. Guard Tyus Jones scored 22 points to go along with four assists in the victory.
The Badgers average about 71 points per game, while the Blue Devils average about 81. In their Final Four wins, Wisconsin defeated Kentucky, 71-64, while Duke defeated Michigan State, 81-61. In the tournament, Wisconsin has scored over 70 points in all five games. Duke failed to score 70 points in the three games leading up to the Final Four.
Wisconsin is considered the team with more momentum, having defeated a star-laden Kentucky team, while Duke held off a No. 7 seed. The Badgers have one loss since mid-January, winning 21 of their last 22 games. The Blue Devils have won 17 of their last 18 games.