Stephen Nover's Big Opener Casher - 87-56-1 CBB!
Saint Mary's-California vs. Wisconsin,
11/05/2019 21:00 EDT,
Score: 65 - 63
Total: -110/+129½ Under
This is a very good opening game, especially if you like defense.
Saint Mary's plays at a slow, deliberate tempo under coach Randy Bennett. The Gaels have ranked among the bottom-10 percent in average possession length during each of the last six seasons. Wisconsin finished fourth in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency ratings last season.
There is going to be an adjustment period, too, for the Badgers on offense with Ethan Happ gone. He was the focal part of Wisconsin's offense last season.
Note this matchup is being played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. So both teams will be dealing with a completely different environment in a small setting.
Keep in mind, too, the new rule where the 3-point line has been moved back to the international distance. That's going to reduce the number of 3-pointers made.