Florida State-Wisconsin: Free ATS Winner NCAA Round One

ctsports picksAnalyst IMarch 19, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 15:  Head coach Leonard Hamilton of the Florida State Seminoles questions a call by an official during the championship game against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome March 15, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Yesterday in the NCAA tournament there were a few upsets, but for the most part the favorites held on and covered ATS. But don't start falling in love with the favorites, as usually the second day has more upsets than the first day anyway.

Handicapper Craig Trapp from CT Sports Picks has this ACC-Big Ten Clash as a key game of the first round of the NCAA Tournament—not necessarily because one of these teams can win it all, but more to see how the two conferences do against each other.

Take a look at records and trends below!


Team records

Wisconsin: 19-12 SU, 12-16-1 ATS

Florida State: 25-9 SU, 18-9-1 ATS


Wisconsin most recently

* When playing on Friday are 9-1.

* Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in its last five games.

* After a loss are 5-5.


Florida State most recently

* When playing on Friday are 6-4.

* Florida State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games.

* After a loss are 9-1.


Setting your conference power rankings before the NCAA Tournament can be a key indicator for the both bracket winners and ATS winners. Craig had the ACC ranked No. 2 and the Big Ten as No. 4. How do we use this to help pick winners? Easy, in this matchup Craig had the game as -6 FSU and even at that number still liked FSU.

Pretty simple in this game—Toney Douglas is the best scoring guard in the tournament, and Wisconsin has not faced anybody nearly as good as him all year. Last loss to Ohio State, the Badgers struggled to stop Evan Turner, who is not as good as Douglas.

This game might get out of hand early, and with the style of Wisconsin, there might be trouble for them coming back. This spread is a gift and love it.



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