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Boilermakers vs. Wolverines Basketball Point Spread Pick from Brandon Lee: January 9th 2018

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan Wolverines
NCAAB Point Spread Pick: Michigan +1.5 (January 9th 2018)

I’ll gladly take a shot here on the Wolverines as a home dog against the Boilermakers. There was concerns over how good this Michigan team would be after what they lost from last year, but John Beilein has done a nice job using what he had coming back and the new recruits to make this a legit Big Ten contender. Purdue is the No. 5 ranked team and coming in having won 11 straight, but I don’t think they should be favored on the road here against a team of Michigan’s caliber.

Purdue comes in off a couple of easy home wins over Rutgers and Nebraska, but are just 21-40 ATS in their last 61 road games after playing 2 straight as a home favorite. This is also the first true road game for the Boilermakers since they won by just 5 at Maryland back on the first day of December. Michigan is better than the Terps and are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Big Ten Games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs a team with a winning record. Give me the Wolverines +1.5!

Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Football Betting Pick: November 18th 2017

Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers
NCAA Football Pick: WIS -7 (November 18th 2017)

The set-up: Georgia and Notre Dame were the biggest losers from last weekend but along with Miami, Wisconsin was the biggest winner. The Badgers not only beat then-No. 20 Iowa 38-14, a week after the Hawkeyes had scored 55 points while destroying Ohio State but the FBS’s top-defensive team held Iowa without an offensive TD and to just 66 yards of total offense.

The results of the past weekend has Wisconsin at No. 5 in the latest CFP rankings and with a good chance of reaching the “Final 4” if the the Badgers were to win out. Michigan, winners of three straight, are back in the CFP rankings at No. 24. The Wolverines visit Camp Randall in Madison at 8-2 overall, including 5-2 in the Big Ten East.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh’s team has had a QB problem for most of the season but offensively, has begun to rely on junior RB Karan Higdon and sophomore RB Chris Evans to pound the ball. Higdon has 854 yards (6.6 YPC) and 10 TDs but sprained his ankle in the second quarter and didn’t finish the Wolverines’ win over Maryland. Evans, who has 569 RY on 5.5 YPC and 6 TDs, told the Detroit Free Press that Higdon practiced on Tuesday. Michigan had the nation’s top defense last season but lost 10 of 11 starters. However, the Wolverines enter this game allowing just 254.8 YPG (3rd-best), while allowing 16.4 PPG (9th).

Wisconsin: The Badgers top all FBS teams in total defense at 247.6 YPG, as well as in allowing just 81.5 YPG on the ground. The team’s 13.4 PPG allowed ranks 3rd-best. Wisconsin’s ground game (245.4 YPG, which ranks 17th), is the key to the team averaging 36.3 PPG (24th). RB Taylor is terrific, coming in with 1,525 yards (7.0 YPC) with 12 TDs. However, QB Alex Hornibrook is considered a “weak spot.” He’s completing 64.1% but Wisconsin ranks 96th in passing YPG (188.1 per), while Hornibrook has 17 TDs but also 12 INTs. He threw three INTs against Iowa, two of which were returned for TDs.

The pick: I sure don’t trust Hornibrook but his Michigan counterpart is no better. Michigan runs the ball well and plays excellent defense but Wisconsin does both of those things, better! Wisconsin has won at least 10 games for the fourth straight season, which is a program record. The Badgers have a very real chance at making the CFP’s Final 4 but winning out is a must! That starts here vs. Michigan and just like I did last Saturday, will take the Badgers here at home. Lay it!