College Basketball Predictions: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Sunday, 2/16/14, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -4
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Wisconsin Badgers are 1-4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons
The Wisconsin Badgers are 1-4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

Wisconsin has won three games in a row, including a 78-70 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers as 8.5-point home favorites last Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for the second time in three contests.  The Badgers are enjoying their best offense in the Bo Rya era—averaging 73.2 points per game—up 8.2 from a year ago.  The team has four of five probable starters scoring in double figures, with forward Sam Dekker leading the way at 13.4 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Wisconsin is 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Badgers are 5-2 against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Wisconsin has won 12 of its last 14 meetings with Michigan, including a season sweep a year ago.  Ryan owns a 17-6 record in the series, including an 11-2 mark when matching up with Michigan head coach John Beilein.

Michigan has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 70-60 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes as 3.5-point road underdogs—the first triumph in Columbus during the Beilein era.  The Wolverines have posted a solid 44-22 record in Big Ten Conference play over the last four seasons, while they’ve won all 27 games under Beilein when scoring 80 or more points.  Michigan is 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the 2011-12 campaign.

The Wolverines own a 56-9 SU record over the last four seasons at the Crisler Center, while they’ve averaged 81.5 points per game and outscored opponents by a 23.4-point margin this year.  Michigan is shooting 52.1 percent at home while holding opponents to just 39.9.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series when played in Ann Arbor.

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