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Undefeated Wolverines Host Badgers in Big Ten Showdown

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) tries to shoot over Ball State forward Brachen Hazen (12) in an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Dec. 2, 2020.

The undefeated Michigan Wolverines welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to the Crisler Center on Tuesday night in a Big Ten matchup featuring arguably the top two teams in the conference. Michigan (10-0 SU, 8-2 ATS) has been at the top of the league since the start of the season while Wisconsin (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS) isn’t far behind.

Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan Wolverines
  • Date/Time: January 12, 7 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Crisler Center
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Michigan -2 | O/U 134.5 (Line History)
  • Wisconsin vs Michigan Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

This Big Ten showdown opened with Michigan as a small 2-point favorite. Not surprisingly, money has come in on the undefeated Wolverines, bumping them up to a 4-point favorite. The total for this contest opened at 134.5 and has gone up a point to 135.5.

Wisconsin News & Notes

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard enters this season with high expectations. Returning four out of five starters, the Badgers are poised for a deep Big Ten and postseason run.

The veteran squad is led by senior guard D’Mitrik Trice, who has taken major strides this season, upping his scoring average by five points per game to 14.8, and significantly improving his field-goal and three-point shooting percentage.

The Badgers, as always, boast a very balanced lineup with nine players averaging double digits in floor time.

Wisconsin is 18-2 in its last 20 games, with the only hiccups this season being losses to Maryland and at Marquette. The Badgers are coming off an 80-73 double-overtime victory over Indiana. 

Michigan News & Notes

The Michigan Wolverines are one of the eight remaining undefeated teams in college basketball and have won their last four games by double digits, covering the spread easily in each contest.

At home, the Wolverines have won nine in a row, with their last loss at the Crisler Center coming at the hands of the Badgers last February.

Head coach Juwan Howard has assembled a more offensive-minded team than in years past, led by freshman Hunter Dickinson. The seven-foot-one center is averaging 18 points per game, good for seventh in the conference.

The Wolverines rank 27th in the country in scoring at 82.5 points per game while limiting opponents to 67 points per contest. They are also holding opponents to 37.52 percent shooting, the 15th-best mark in the nation.

Betting Pick: Wisconsin +4

The undefeated Wolverines, coming off four straight one-sided victories, are well overdue for a letdown game. Take the discounted price and the points with this veteran Wisconsin team.

Shark Bites
  • Michigan is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games.
  • Wisconsin is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games.
  • Michigan is 9-0 SU in its last 9 games at home.