Saturday, January 18, 2014

Michigan at Wisconsin Breakdown & Prediction

Michigan at No. 3 Wisconsin
Time: 6PM ET
Venue: Kohl Center
Records:  Michigan 12-4, 4-0 Big Ten; Wisconsin 16-1, 3-1
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.7 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (5.1 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.7 apg); Steals – Glenn Robinson III/Caris LeVert (1.1 spg).
Wisconsin stat leaders: Points – Sam Dekker (14.0 ppg); Rebounds – Dekker/Frank Kaminsky (6.1 rpg); Assists – Traevon Jackson (4.2 apg); Steals – Dekker/Kaminsky/Jackson (0.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W6, Wisconsin L1
Point Spread: Wisconsin -8
Prediction: This marks Michigan’s third straight trip to the Kohl Center in this series and the other two games have resulted in a loss. Making matters worse, Wisconsin is coming off a loss at Indiana on Tuesday, its first loss of the season. The Wolverines will have their hands full in this one. Michigan is really going to have to make the most out of each possession and shoot the ball well if it hopes to win. Wisconsin will be aggressive on both sides of the ball and be motivated to make a statement following the loss. Wisconsin looks to be a matchup problem on paper with its size, so the Wolverines will need Morgan and Horford to stay out of foul trouble. Ultimately, I think Wisconsin has too much size for Michigan and needs this win much more than the Wolverines. Wisconsin 71, Michigan 60

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