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Michigan Enters Big Ten Finals As Hot OVER Play

Michigan’s season hasn’t always been pretty, but John Beilein has the Wolverines streaking at the right time. Michigan has won six of their past eight games thanks to an offense that has been averaging 77.4 ppg. That may not seem like a lot but that is four points more than their season average, which has led the Michigan going OVER in seven of their past eight. The Wolverines will be looking for their first Big Ten conference tournament crown since 1998, which has since been vacated, when they take on Wisconsin Sunday.

SHARK BITES
  • Zak Irvin averaged 19 ppg while shooting 53.6 percent against Wisconsin this season.
  • Wisconsin is 17-3 SU in their past 20 games against Michigan.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the past 19 games between Michigan and Wisconsin.

Derrick Walton Jr. finds himself heating up with the senior guard averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor during the Big Ten tourney. Walton struggled to score in Michigan’s last game against Wisconsin, shooting 1-of-8 from the field but tallied eight assists and only two turnovers.

Wisconsin stumbled down the stretch during the regular season but found their footing during the Big Ten championships with victories of 10 and 18 points. The Badgers’ defense has harassed opponents all season long but their domination of Northwestern in the semis was impressive, holding the Wildcats to 48 points and a dreadful 3-of-14 from deep. The Badgers’ frontcourt duo of Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes are dominating in the tourney with the pair averaging a combined 29 points and 19.5 rebounds in the past two.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Michigan Wolverines were listed as 1-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Michigan Wolverines vs Wisconsin Badgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Wisconsin Badgers currently sport a 25-8 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-15 ATS. The Michigan Wolverines are 23-11 and 15-16 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wisconsin Badgers produce a 12-17-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Michigan Wolverines have gone 19-11-1 against the totals betting line.

The Badgers - Wolverines odds would favor the Wolverines if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Wisconsin is rated No. 143 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Michigan is at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Michigan Wolverines rank No. 260 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 29.53 per game. That compares with Wisconsin’s No. 70 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Wisconsin is college basketball's No. 118-ranked team at 7.61 per game, while the Michigan Wolverines rate No. 23 with 9.35 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Michigan got 29 points from Derrick Walton Jr. en route to a 84-77 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Verizon Center.

The battle between the Badgers and Wildcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Northwestern was handed a 76-48 defeat on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Michigan's last 8 games
  • Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Michigan
  • Wisconsin is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing Michigan
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Wisconsin's last 19 games when playing Michigan

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