The Wisconsin Badgers prevailed in last month’s 65-62 overtime win over the Michigan Wolverines, cashing as two-point home dogs. Friday’s Big Ten Tournament at Chicago’s United Center stages a rematch between the foes, with a ticket to the event’s semifinal round on the line.
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Wolverines, Burke pull away
Michigan began its tourney with Thursday’s 83-66 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions, cashing as 14-point ‘chalk.’ The Wolverines outscored Penn State in the second half, 48-33, while out-rebounding Penn State, 34-28.
Wolverines guard Trey Burke put up 21 points, while logging three of his squad’s nine blocks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary grabbed a team-high 11 boards, while mate Tim Hardaway finished with 15 points and five assists.
The duel’s combined 149 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 133, lifting the OVER to 4-3 in the Wolverines’ last seven contests. Michigan shot 46 percent from the floor, while sinking 19-of-23 free throws.
Badgers slide into the postseason
Wisconsin ended its regular season campaign with a 0-3 ATS run, held to 54 PPG in the trio of affairs. The stretch contained losing tickets in road contests at Michigan State and Penn State, including a subpar 29.4 percent night of field shooting against the Spartans.
The Badgers held on to grab the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 4 seed, with its close win over Michigan serving as the deciding factor between the rivals. Bo Ryan’s troops entered last year’s event in the same position, reaching the finals and eventually the “Sweet Sixteen” of the “Big Dance.”
Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren comes into the tourney as his squad’s leading scorer (11.5 PPG), while topping the Big Ten in blocks (2 BPG). Badgers senior Ryan Evans ranked among the conference’s top three for boards, finishing the year with 7.4 RPG over his last 10 contests.
Back Michigan as a short fave
The NCAA Basketball odds makers at Bookmaker.eu opened Michigan as a three-point favorite, with early sports betting action on the Wolverines lifting the premium to 3 ½. 5Dimes.eu saw its money line odds move from minus 155 to 170 in similar fashion.
I am tailing the ‘steam’ here, adding a ticket on Michigan to Friday’s NCAA Basketball picks. The Wolverines moved to 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral-site affairs with Thursday’s triumph and should be out for revenge here after last month’s setback to Wisconsin.
Michigan’s Tim Hardaway fared well in the team’s first meeting with the Badgers, hitting 8-of-17 field buckets. The shift to United Center should give Wisconsin some challenges after drilling a 10-for-24 mark from three-point land in February’s duel.
Wisconsin is 1-2-1 ATS in its last four spots as an underdog away from home, held to a lowly 52.5 PPG despite two of the affairs reaching overtime. The Badgers also rank last among the Big Ten’s 12 squads in foul shooting (63 percent), which could be a factor down the battle’s stretch.
Look for Michigan to hold off the Badgers, with a chance looming to get another shot at Indiana in Saturday’s semifinal round.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan -3 1/2 (Bookmaker.eu)