The Big Ten Conference is loaded with some great college basketball teams, and that creates some interesting matchups each night. On Wednesday night it will be the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Michigan Wolverines in what should be a battle.
Wisconsin is coming into this game with an overall record of 16-6, but they have also lost two straight games. The Badgers need to find a way to bounce back in a hurry if they want to get back into the conference title race.
Michigan has been one of the worst teams in the conference this season as they are sitting at just 7-15 on the year. The Wolverines have also dropped five straight, and playing at home hasn’t even helped them this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers are coming into this game as a 5.5-point betting favorite over Michigan.
Badgers Playing Some “D”
Most college basketball teams want to set the tone on offense, but that is not how Wisconsin has been approaching games. The Badgers are allowing just 67 points per game this season, and they can make life tough on their opponents.
Wisconsin will be trying to look to slow down the tempo in this game, but they will also search for good offensive opportunities. The Badgers have a ton of weapons on offense, but they just haven’t been able to get them all rolling at the same time.
Guard A.J. Storr is leading the team with 16.4 points per game, but look for Wisconsin to score in the paint in this game. The Badgers are going to have a ton of success in the paint against a smaller Michigan team.
Wolverines Can’t Get Stops
The Michigan Wolverines are going to have to figure out a way to get some stops on defense or they will never get things turned around. Michigan is allowing over 78 points per game this season, and they can’t seem to find any answers.
The Wolverines are a team that wants to play fast on both ends of the floor, but they just haven’t been able to protect the paint. Michigan is scoring nearly 78 points per game on offense, but that’s not going to be good enough to win this game.
Dug McDaniel is one of the better players in the league this season and he leads the team with 16.8 points per game. Michigan will have to shoot the ball extremely well in this game, but that might not be enough.
Wisconsin Wins Big at Michigan
Wisconsin has not been playing their best brand of basketball of late, but they are capable of getting back on track. It will be the defense for Wisconsin that sets the tone in this game, and that will allow them to get some separation.
Michigan has been able to put the ball in the basket this season, but they have been horrible on the defensive end of the floor. Look for that trend to continue in this game as Michigan just won’t be able to slow down Wisconsin.
Bet the Wisconsin Badgers at -5.5 as they are going to roll to a blowout win over the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday night.