College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers

No. 6 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers
Friday, 3/15/13, 2:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan 2.5
Opening Total:  123.5
Current Total:  124
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The Michigan Wolverines are 4-0 SUATS on a neutral floor this year

The Michigan Wolverines are 4-0 SUATS on a neutral floor this year

Michigan captured an 83-66 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions as 14-point favorites Thursday night, while going OVER the posted total of 133.  “This could be a year where you have eight or nine Big Ten Conference teams make the NCAA tournament,” commented Wolverines coach John Beilein.  The Wolverines had five players score in double figures last time out, with guard Trey Burke leading the way, as he finished with a game-high 21.  Michigan is 4-0 SUATS in neutral court games this season, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.

The Wolverines are 13-14 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread Friday, which includes a 4-7 mark in quarterfinal action.  Burke has put together a special season, as he’s averaging career bests for points, assists and field goal percentage.  Offensively, the team is averaging 75.7 points per game, which currently ranks as the highest per-game average during the Beilein era.

Wisconsin snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 63-60 win over Penn State as 9.5-point road favorites Sunday, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests.  The Badgers earned five wins over AP top-15 teams, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines.  Bo Ryan’s .706 win percentage in Big Ten games is the second-best mark of any coach in conference history.  Wisconsin is 9-7 ATS on a neutral court the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 8-7 in that situation.

The Badgers have won just two of seven games as the No. 4 seed in this event, while they’ve gone 15-13 overall.  Wisconsin has just five players on its active roster that have played a Big Ten Tournament game—combining for 15 total games of experience and six starts.  The team has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Michigan, as it hasn’t allowed more than 62 points in that span.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wolverines due to their 4-0 ATS mark in neutral site games, while the Badgers are 6-13-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

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