The Michigan Wolverines are FINALLY back on the court on Sunday after being shut down due to COVID-19. Michigan will get their season started back up by traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.
Michigan currently sits atop the Big Ten Conference standings with an 8-1 record, but they have played far fewer games than their competition. The Wolverines will have a loaded last few weeks, and that could allow teams like Illinois and Ohio State to take over first place.
Wisconsin has gone 9-5 so far in Big Ten Conference action, and that currently has them in fifth place. The Badgers have gone just 3-3 in their last six games and they are looking to build up some momentum heading into March.
Michigan is a slight one-point favorite over Wisconsin in this game.
Michigan at Wisconsin Betting Preview: Michigan Must Shake Off Rust
Few college basketball teams were playing as well as Michigan this season, and the long pause could not have come at a worse time. The lone loss of the season for Michigan came at Minnesota, but the Wolverines have been able to pass every other test along the way.
There will definitely be some rust for Michigan in this game, but the team is absolutely loaded with offensive weapons. The Wolverines are scoring nearly 80 points per game, and they have also held teams to just 65 points per night.
Center Hunter Dickinson leads the team with 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and he is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. The freshman has yet to attempt a three-point field goal, but he is hard to stop around the rim.
Forward Isaiah Livers decided to return to campus for another season, and he has chipped in with 14 points per game. Michigan is shooting nearly 38 percent from the three-point line, and they are impossible to beat when shooting it well.
Michigan at Wisconsin Betting Preview: Badgers Beating Teams With Defense
Wisconsin does not have the offensive weapons to keep up with Michigan, but they can win this game with their defense. The Badgers are holding opponents to just 62 points per game, which is an impressive feat considering their competition.
The Badgers are shooting nearly 36 percent from the three-point line, and they could pull off this upset if they are shooting it well. This has been a streaky area for Wisconsin, but they will be ready to make them against the Wolverines.
D’Mitrik Trice leads the team with 13.5 points and 3.8 assists per game, and the Badgers need his best effort in this game. Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers combine for over 20 points per game, but they will be needed more on the defensive end on Sunday.
Michigan at Wisconsin Betting Preview: Badgers Stun Wolverines
Michigan was clicking on all cylinders prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, but there is no doubt that the long pause is going to affect this team. It will likely take the Wolverines some time to get things going, and that will likely cost them a chance to win this game.
Wisconsin has been a bit up and down this season, but the Badgers are good enough to beat anyone in the country. Add in the fact that Wisconsin a team loaded with veterans, and that team will be ready to go for this game.
There will be plenty of lead changes in this game, but Wisconsin will have the lead when it matters most. Michigan is going to suffer a loss on Sunday, and it will tighten up the top of the Big Ten Conference standings.
Bet the Wisconsin Badgers over the Michigan Wolverines in this huge Big Ten Basketball matchup on Sunday.