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Wiconson-Belmont Should Be Great

UPDATE: Nevermind.

In about 15 minutes, Wisconsin-Belmont starts, and unless you have a rooting interest, this is the game you should be most excited about. It’s a classic case of “something’s gotta give.”

Wisconsin only gets just short of 58 possessions a game, one of the slowest paces in the country. Belmont gets a little more than 69 possessions a game, one of the fastest paces in the country.

Belmont is one of the best teams around at getting second chances. Wisconsin is one of the best at preventing them.

Wisconsin hits their free throws, but isn’t very good at getting to the line. Belmont, however, isn’t very good at keeping people off the line.

Belmont, behind incredible steal numbers, is the second best team in the country at getting turnovers. Wisconsin, though, is the best team in the nation at avoiding turnovers.

The difference is likely going to come from who dictates the pace, and where the games are played. Wisconsin plays great interior defense, and Belmont has problems getting stopped inside. Belmont is great at hitting the three pointer, and Wisconsin struggles to defend the perimeter.

Clash of styles, with strengths in the same areas and directly connected weaknesses. A beautiful set-up for a game. As a bonus, Belmont is probably a lot closer to Wisconson than “thirteen seed” suggests, so you’ve even got a great chance of having an upset to get excited about in a game full of good shooters on both sides.

Should be good.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.