Following a WIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals win over UW-Platteville, 72-70, the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds hit the road to face top-seeded UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday night. UW-Oshkosh has all but guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Blugolds likely need to win the WIAC Tournament in order to make the dance.
With so much riding on the line, including a berth to the championship game, this WIAC basketball game will certainly be one you don’t want to miss.
UW-Eau Claire vs UW-Oshkosh Prediction | WIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
2023 WIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds (17-9, 8-6 WIAC) vs. No. 11 UW-Oshkosh Titans (20-5, 13-1 WIAC)
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 8 PM EST
Venue: Kolf Sports Center — Oshkosh, WI
Coverage: WIAC Network
UW-Eau Claire vs UW-Oshkosh Prediction For WIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
In the first WIAC basketball matchup for these two teams this season, the Blugolds pulled off the upset at home, 51-48. They held the Titans to just 37.3% shooting from the field and under 28% from deep. Eau Claire struggled to score as well, but they we able to take advantage of 16 Oshkosh turnovers, turning them into 14 points.
The Titans’ record has remained perfect since that loss to UWEC. In the second matchup between the two teams, Oshkosh pulled away in the second half thanks to 25 free throw attempts. The Bluegolds only forced five total turnovers as the Titans won by a score of 74-63.
Eau Claire has been the only team to beat Oshkosh to this point. However, they needed a lot to go their way to secure the victory. The Titans have been in plenty of these high-profile college basketball games before, and there’s a reason they often come out on top.
Assuming Oshkosh stays within their game and doesn’t get too sloppy turning the ball over, they should be able to secure their place in the WIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game.
Prediction: UW-Oshkosh-77, UW-Eau Claire-68