College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Saturday, 1/17/14, 6:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -8.5
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -8
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won their last 11 home games against the Michigan Wolverines
The Wisconsin Badgers have won their last 11 home games against the Michigan Wolverines

Michigan has won six games in a row, including a 80-67 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions as 10.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better from the field in their last three affairs, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The program will play three straight ranked opponents for the first time since the 2011-12 regular season.  Michigan is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wolverines are averaging 15.9 assists per game, which is the best team average under head coach John Beilein in that all-important statistical category.  Michigan is led offensively by sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, who is scoring 17.7 points a contest, as he’s knocking down 45.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin had its 16-game win streak to begin the season snapped last time out, as it suffered a 75-72 road defeat to the Indiana Hoosiers.  The Badgers have won 12 of their last 13 meetings with the Wolverines, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball betting picks.  Offensively, the team is enjoying its best production of the Bo Ryan era, as it enters averaging 76.1 points per game.  It’s also important to note that the team is second in the Big Ten Conference in surrendering just 61.9 points a contest.   Wisconsin is 7-2 SU and 3-6 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Badgers have scored 70-plus points in eight straight games, which has been made possible by four of five probable starters averaging double figures.  Sophomore forward Sam Dekker is leading the way at 14.0 points a contest—posting three double-doubles this season.  Wisconsin hasn’t allowed more than 62 points against Michigan since 2006—a span of 13 games.  Under Ryan’s direction, the squad has dropped a total of 18 home games.

Sports bettors will likely play the Badgers due to their 9-4 ATS mark in their last 13 home games in this series.

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