Michigan Wolverines vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds
Michigan travels to Wisconsin on Friday, hoping to boost its 26-6 record with a victory over the Badgers.
The Big Ten Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at United Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Badgers bring a 21-10 record (12-17 ATS) to this tilt against the 26-6 Wolverines, who are 15-15-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Wisconsin go 13-14 so far and the Wolverines go 17-14.
Bettors looking to back visiting Michigan before tip-off in this one found them as 3.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Badgers sit at No. 25 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wolverines sit at No. 38 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wolverines will win this game 78-75.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wisconsin has the nation's No. 209-rated offensive output, at 66.1 PPG. The visiting Wolverines defense ranks No. 80 allowing on average 62.8 PPG. The Badgers FG% has averaged 42.5% so far, less than the Wolverines marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.6% per game.
Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 192-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.3 points per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, comes in at No. 161 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Michigan was an 83-66 winner at home against Penn State. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines grabbed an 83-66 win over the Nittany Lions on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Trey Burke at United Center.
In their last action, Wisconsin was a 63-60 winner on the road against Penn State. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. The Badgers grabbed a 63-60 win over the Nittany Lions on Sunday, behind a 15-point effort from Traevon Jackson at Bryce Jordan Center.