Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 2/26/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
The Michigan Wolverines (16-12) will go up against the Wisconsin Badgers (16-11) at Crisler Center on Sunday.
The Wisconsin Badgers played Iowa and walked away with a win by a score of 64-52 in their last contest. Regarding fouls, the Badgers finished with 12 and Iowa finished the game with 19 fouls. They converted 3 of their 28 attempts from long range. Iowa ended up going 69.2% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 13 tries. Additionally, Iowa pulled down 27 rebounds (12 offensive, 15 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Iowa doled out 8 assists and had 3 steals for this game. In terms of defense, Wisconsin allowed their opponent to shoot 32.3% from the floor on 20 out of 62 shooting. They also doled out 11 assists in this matchup in addition to creating 6 turnovers and getting 1 steal. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned 36 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Badgers buried 10 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. Wisconsin wrapped up the game having earned a 52.1% field goal percentage (25 of 48) and buried 4 out of their 18 three-point attempts.
Connor Essegian is someone who was a major factor in the game. He accounted for 17 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 minutes and also totaled 5 boards. He finished shooting 38.5% from the floor and recorded 1 assist.
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Wisconsin enters this game with a win-loss record of 16-11 on the season. They average 64.6 points per outing (336th in Division 1) while going 41.5% from the floor. The Badgers are hitting 35.5% on shots from downtown (227 of 639) and 65.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Wisconsin is pulling down 31.4 boards per game and is sitting with 325 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 309th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 8.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.7 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Badgers are able to force 11.9 turnovers every game and they draw 16.0 personal fouls. They are surrendering 32.2% on 3-pointers and they are 24th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (62.8). The Badgers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.6% (634 of 1,453) and they concede 35.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 17th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 274 surrendered so far this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Michigan Wolverines went home victorious with a score of 58-45 when they faced Rutgers. In reference to rebounding, Michigan allowed Rutgers to pull down 29 in total (4 offensive). They finished 30.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 4 of 13 and ended up going 5 out of 16 from the charity stripe (31.3%). The Wolverines allowed Rutgers to bury 18 out of their 47 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 38.3% for this game. When all was said and done, the Wolverines finished 22 out of 54 from the field which had them sitting at 40.7%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Michigan made 7 of their 25 tries (28.0%). They were able to knock down 7 of them for a rate of 63.6%. Rutgers earned 13 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wolverines to the free throw line for a total of 11 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while recording 11 steals for this game. The Wolverines collected 26 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in this matchup.
Dug McDaniel was important for the Wolverines for this contest. He totaled 16 points in his 38 mins of playing time and had 2 assists in the matchup. He converted 6 of 12 in this game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Michigan has a win-loss mark of 16-12 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolverines are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which is ranked 171st in the country. Michigan has accumulated 2,042 pts on the year (72.9 per contest) and they average 36.1 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.5 times per game (240th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 9.9 times per contest. The Wolverines are committing 15.1 personal fouls per contest and they go 69.8% from the free throw line.
The Wolverines on defense are ranked 135th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 68.4. They are able to force 10.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.5% from the floor (108th in D-1). The Michigan defense allows 32.0% on 3-point shots (186 of 582) and their opponents are making 68.5% of their free throw shots. They allow 11.9 assists and 35.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 111th and 280th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Michigan
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