Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan Wolverines face off on Saturday in Madison in a Big Ten college basketball match up. The Wolverines are -2 point favorites over the Badgers with an over/under point total set at 122.
The Wisconsin Badgers have won three of their last four games and are looking like a team headed to the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin is 7-3 in the Big Ten, they are in fourth place in the conference standings, and they are 12-2 at home this season. As a team Wisconsin is averaging 67.5 points, 13.2 assists, and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.2 points, 8.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Jared Berggren is averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Ryan Evans is averaging 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Wisconsin has a RPI of 41 and it should only improve.
The Michigan Wolverines have won five of their last six games and they are clearly one of the top teams in the nation. Michigan is 8-2 in the Big Ten, 4-2 on the road this season, and they have played the 18th ranked schedule in the country. As a team Michigan is averaging 77.7 points, 15.5 assists, and they are shooting 50.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.2 points, 12.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Trey Burke is averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 16 points, and Nik Stauskas is averaging 12.5 points. Michigan is a contender for a number one seed in March Madness.
Wisconsin is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 Saturday games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 1-5 against the spread against the Big Ten. Michigan is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 14-6 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven Saturday games. The underdog has covered the spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two.
The total here is set at 122 and I have it staying under that number.