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Trip To Ann Arbor Could Be Good For Wisconsin

Wisconsin has only a half-game lead in the Big Ten following last week’s shocking loss to Northwestern, but a contest with Michigan may be what the Badgers need to refocus. Wisconsin has won 17 of the past 19 games against Michigan. However, the Badgers narrowly picked up the 68-64 victory in their first meeting of the season.

Shark Bites
  • The favored team is 1-9 ATS in the last 10 games between Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wisconsin's last 8 games on the road.
  • Michigan is 0-7 SU in its last 7 games after winning as an underdog.

The Badgers struggled offensively against the Wildcats, scoring just 59 points. It may sound obvious, but Wisconsin’s offense needs to be scoring to win basketball games. Wisconsin has averaged 76.7 ppg in wins this season compared with 59.3 in losses. Likely all-American Ethan Happ has been struggling offensively recently with the sophomore scoring a combined 17 points while shooting 35.3 percent in the past two.

Michigan enters this game riding a high, as the Wolverines defeated Indiana 75-63 for their first true road win of the season in their last outing. Derrick Walton Jr. was the catalyst for the Wolverines in that outing, and all season, really, with the senior scoring 25 points while draining seven of his 13 shots from the field. With the 25-point performance, Walton has scored 20-plus points in five straight games while also tallying 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in that span. 

Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan Wolverines Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan Wolverines currently sport a 16-9 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-13 ATS. The Wisconsin Badgers are 21-4 and 11-11 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Michigan Wolverines produce a 12-9-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Wisconsin Badgers have gone 9-12-1 against the totals betting line.

This game puts the Michigan Wolverines, most recently No. 71 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wisconsin Badgers, who rate No. 49 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Michigan's No. 131-ranked offense, averaging 74.56 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 4 at 60.4 PPG. The Wolverines field goal percentage has averaged 47.47% so far, more than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.97% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Nigel Hayes scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Badgers to a win (they lost 66-59 to Northwestern at Kohl Center on Sunday).

The Wolverines grabbed a 75-63 win over the Hoosiers on Sunday, behind a 25-point effort from Derrick Walton Jr. at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Next Betting Matchups

Wisconsin home to Maryland, Sunday, February 19th
Michigan at Minnesota, Sunday, February 19th