Wisconsin Vs. Michigan Predictions – NCAA College Basketball Picks | Betting Odds
Wisconsin Badgers Vs. Michigan Wolverines Predictions
Wisconsin visiting Michigan on a Saturday is a huge matchup for the Big Ten. The Badgers are on a winning run which is about to get tested facing one of the best teams in the nation. The Wolverines are no longer undefeated, but their defensive performances have kept them on top of the Conference. I love what Wisconsin has been able to do in the last couple of weeks. They were responsible for ending the undefeated season of the Wolverines and have won six games straight since. They took down Maryland who was ranked 21st in the nation with a 69-61 win just a week ago. The Badgers followed that win with a 56-51 victory over Minnesota.
Wisconsin has been a solid bet all season, covering the spread in 14 of their 23 games. They have been especially valuable when playing on the road, collecting money for bettors in six of nine outings on the road. In fact, since beating the Wolverines, the Badgers have covered the spread in the last six games in a row. Michigan just wants payback. They were hurt when they lost their unbeaten run in Wisconsin. A lot of people saw that meeting as a trap game and eventually it was confirmed the Wolverines couldn’t stop the Badgers. Michigan was a 3.5-point favorite on the road and ended up losing by ten points.
Michigan fell again against Iowa last week, even though they bounced with a win against Rutgers. But two losses in three weeks is more than the Wolverines are used to. Michigan remains with the second best defense in the nation, allowing 57.3 points per game. The problem is Wisconsin also has a good defense, giving up just 61.0 points per game.
When two teams are so similar, just like these two, a playmaker could end up being the difference maker. Senior Ethan Happ is having quite a year for Wisconsin, averaging 18.3 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per night. The last time he met the Wolverines he went off with 26 points and 10 boards. He’s the guy to watch in this one. The oddsmakers will make Michigan the favorite in this one. However, by the way Wisconsin has been playing in the last couple of weeks, it would be crazy to go against the Badgers. Take the road team with the points. What’s the play? Wisconsin.
Money line: -110
Game Total: 120
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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