NCAA Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan Wolverines- Possible Lineups and Predictions

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January 12, 2021 11:30 am

NCAA Men’s Basketball will have a massive clash in the Big 10 Conference between #7 Michigan Wolverines and the #9 Wisconsin Badgers. Both teams are in the top-10 of the AP Top 25 and will look to get a marquee win over the other on Tuesday.

The Wolverines are unbeaten so far this season with a fantastic record of 11-0. Their schedule has seen a big increase of quality opposition, but they took down teams like Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Maryland with relative ease.

The Badgers haven’t had it as smooth as the Wolverines, but they have put up some excellent results themselves. Outside shock losses to Maryland and Marquette, the Badgers have taken down every opponent they have faced. They sit with an 11-2 record.

However, will this run continue against the unbeaten Wolverines? Or will Michigan add another big scalp to their results this season?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: The Badgers experience pays off?

Wisconsin Badgers have the oldest starting five in D1 basketball this season. In fact, the average age of the starters for the team would turn out to be older than that of the Chicago Bulls. They are a full year older than an NBA team that is sitting above .500 this season.

Dec 15, 2020; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Brad Davison (34) passes the ball over Loyola Ramblers forward Aher Uguak (30) during the first half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Wolverines are no joke this season. They are still undefeated, primarily behind the elite play of Hunter Dickinson. The big-man is shooting almost 75% from the field and having a dominant season. However, their turnover-heavy style of play will be a problem against the experienced Badgers, who are one of the best teams this season when it comes to transition three-pointers.

The Badgers will start the game with D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Brad Davison, Aleem Ford, and Micah Potter. The Wolverines will line up with Eli Brooks, Franz Wagner, Mike Smith, Isaiah Livers, and Hunter Dickinson.

We predict another win for the Wolverines. Despite the very real concerns about this very tight-knit Badgers squad, the talent has clicked on all cylinders for the Wolverines. This should go their way.

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