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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Predictions 1/18/14

Michigan Wolverines (12-4) at Wisconsin Badgers (16-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off of their first loss of the season getting bounced at Indiana. Wisconsin is 10-0 at home thus far this season and 3-1 in Big Ten play and we are still waiting to see the affect of their loss on their number three ranking. Sam Dekker is the Badgers leading scorer averaging 14 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 13.1 points, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 11.4 points. Wisconsin is averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 47.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Wisconsin has played the seventh ranked schedule in the country.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Predictions 1/18/14

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The Michigan Wolverines seemed to have found some answers starting their Big Ten schedule off 4-0. Michigan started the season ranked but struggled after losing a lot of talent from last year’s team, but look to be putting it all together now and could be poised to re-enter the rankings. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines in scoring averaging 17.1 points per game. Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.9 points, Caris LaVert is averaging 11.5 points, and Derrick Walaton Jr. is averaging 8.5 points. Michigan is averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 48.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Michigan is 5-3 in games played away from home this season.

Wisconsin is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, and 2-6 against the spread following a loss. Michigan is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-11 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. The home team has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

This looks like a lot of points and I look for Michigan to at least keep this competitive so I am taking the points. 

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Michigan Wolverines +8

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