At the beginning of the season Wisconsin and head coach Greg Gard were feeling heat to get back to March Madness status. The Badgers failure to make the NCAA basketball championship odds board last spring was a bitter disappointment. By contrast the expectations of the Michigan Wolverines have never been higher. Head coach Jim Beilein has built a consistent Final Four contender. In fact, the joke at Ann Arbor is that Michigan is now a basketball school. Of great concern is that the betting public is driving down the Wolverines board value. Michigan has become too popular with casual gamblers.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Date and Time: Saturday, January, 19, 2019, noon Eastern
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
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Despite increased public attention Michigan has been profitable in recent games. The Wolverines have covered four of their last five games with three consecutive overs. In the same way Michigan is 17-0 straight up, 9-8 vs. the odds, and 7-9 under the total. The Maize and Blue lead the Big Ten Conference. In turn Michigan has national rankings 187th for scoring offense but third for points allowed. A trio of Wolverines leads the team. Ignas Brazdeikis has 15.6, Charles Matthews has 14.1, and Jordan Poole has 13.4 points per game.
By contrast Wisconsin has been slumping both on the hardwood and at the payout window. UW has lost four of their last five games both straight up and on the board. As a result, the Badgers are now 11-6 straight up, 8-9 vs. the line, and 9-7 over the total. Of great concern is the poor results in Big Ten Conference play. Subsequently it makes the early season results look fraudulent. Ethan Happ has powered to 19.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Certainly, everyone on the Badgers is feeling the pressure to get back on track for March Madness.
Stats to Consider
On the road Michigan has been in top NCAA basketball championship odds form. As an example, the Wolverines have covered nine of their last 12 away matchups. Just four of their last 11 away games have gone under the total. Balanced against that has been Wisconsin’s weak wagering value at home. The Badgers have lost four of their last six with the odds at the Kohl Center. Six of their last eight home games have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Michigan has dominated this head to head online wagering series. To illuminate the Wolverines have covered six of their last seven against the Badgers. Just one of the last five meetings between these teams went over the total. And at Kohl Center the Maize and Blue have made solid profits as well. Michigan has covered six of their last nine visits to Wisconsin. Three of the last five games between these teams at UW went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
On the while these are teams going in opposite directions with the NCAA basketball championship odds. As mentioned earlier Michigan has a clear matchup advantage on the board with Wisconsin.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
Michigan should continue their roll and is in far better form.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA Betting Online Pick: Michigan Wolverines
Michigan vs. Wisconsin NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Michigan 85, Wisconsin 72
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