Wisconsin Badgers (17-10) at #19 Michigan Wolverines (18-9)
NCAA Men's Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Crisler Center)
Line and Odds: Michigan -6.5 -- Over/Under 130
Free NCAA Basketball Pick Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wovlerines
The Wisconsin Badgers look to cool off the red hot Michigan Wolverines who are the winners of five-straight games against conference opponents. The Badgers currently sit 5th in the conference with a record of 10-6 in Big 10 play. The Wolverines will try to make up ground on them in this matchup as they are ranked 7th with a record of 9-7 in Big 10 play.
It has been a wild season for the Wolverines they have peaked as high as fourth in the AP polls and then managed to fall out of the top 25 at another point. Juwan Howard's squad are winners of five-straight games though and currently sit at 19th in the polls. They are coming off an impressive road win over Purdue 71-63, a game they were actually favored to lose. Franz Wagner is picking up where his brother Moritz left off. He led the Wolverines in scoring with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting.
Michigan on offense is led by senior guard Zavier Simpson who is the teams second-leading scorer with 12.3 PPG and is second in the country with 8.0 assists per game. Juwan Howard likes to spread his offense throughout his team not concentrating on just one player. All the players in the starting five for the Wolverines average over double-figures a game. Michigan is scoring 75.54 points a game while shooting 46.01% from the floor. At home, the numbers improve as they should to 79.07 points a contest while shooting 47.02% from the field.
Defensively, the Wolverines depend on their size to be able to shut opponents down. Jon Teske is a force to be reckoned inside the arc. He averages 1.9 blocks a game which is 6th in the Big 10. Michigan is giving up 67.30 points a game allowing opponents to shoot 41.58% from the floor. They are also very good at defending from behind the arc allowing teams to shoot just 30.35% from three-point range. Wagner has the most active hands on the defensive end while Teske and Zavier Simpson are exceptional at taking the ball away.
The Badgers come into this matchup with the Wolverines winners of 5 out of the last 6 games they have played in. In their last appearance, Wisconsin took down the Scarlet Knights who just fell out of the AP Top 25, 79-71. Micah Potter led the scoring for the Badgers with 18 points off the bench and shot 80% from three.
Things are finally starting to click for Wisconsin offensively since the turmoil in the locker room in late January. Since the transfer of Kobe King, Micah Potter has seen his minutes increase significantly and has had a direct impact on the team. The Badgers are 5-2 since his leave from the team. Greg Gard's lineup averages 66.93 points a game while shooting 42.37% from the floor. On the road, the offense dips a lot scoring just 59.08 points an appearance making 38.87% of their shots attempted. Nate Reuvers leads the Badgers in scoring with 13.7 PPG.
For what Wisconsin lacks on offense they defiantly back it up on defense. They are allowing the opposition to average 62.22 points a game and shoot 41.07%, ranking them 16th in the nation. Nate Reuvers is 5th in the Big 10 in blocks with 2.0 a game.
Cover The Spread 365 NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
- Wisconsin is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Michigan.
- Badgers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- Wisconsin is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
- Michigan is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games this season.
- Underdog is 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings between Wolverines and Badgers.
- Michigan is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.
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