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How and what to watch for No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 21 Wisconsin

The Wolverines will look to knock off some rust when they play the Badgers on Sunday afternoon.

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Michigan Wolverines guard Eli Brooks (55) looks for an opening around Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) during the second half of the game at Mackey Arena. Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines will try to extend their two-game winning streak when they play the No. 21-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday 1 p.m. ET. on CBS.

The Wolverines (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) have not played since a 70-53 win on January 22 against the Purdue Boilermakers. In that game senior forward Isaiah Livers had a double-double consisting of 22 points (7-14 FG, 3-5 3pt) and 10 rebounds. Michigan had three conference games postponed because of COVID-19, but are still a No. 1 seed according to the NCAA selection committee rankings that came out yesterday.

The Badgers (15-6, 9-5 Big Ten) have won three out of their last five games, including a 61-48 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday. The Badgers only had one player score in double figures — Jonathan Davis, who had 10 points off the bench. As a team, they shot horrific from the field at 32.3 percent and 28.1 percent from three-point range.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Wisconsin vs. Michigan on Sunday, February 14 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, or you can watch via CBS All-Access with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Wisconsin -1
Point Total: 133.5
Money line: Michigan -118, Wisconsin -103

  • The Wolverines have not played since late January due to COVID-19. However, they are still 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games. Additionally, the point total has gone under in four out of their last five games.
  • As for the Badgers, they’ve been solid against the spread at home this season with a record of 7-6. Also, just like with Michigan, the point total has gone under in four out of their last five games.

The Best Bet

With the spread currently at -1/+1, it tells us that we are pick’em range. It does not come as a surprise to Wisconsin favored since Michigan hasn’t played in a while. However there isn't a lot of confidence in the Badgers to win by a larger margin due how good this Michigan team is. And Wisconsin has not had any major wins recently as they lost to both Illinois and the Ohio State. There might be some rust with this Michigan team, but they should be able to come out on top.

Pick: Michigan +1

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