Jack's Free Pick Thursday!
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State,
02/16/2012 19:00 EDT,
Score: 55 - 69
Point Spread: +6½/-115 Wisconsin
This line is a big overreaction from the huge win that Michigan State picked up at Ohio State over the weekend. That victory sets the Spartans up for a big letdown spot tonight as they return home to face the underrated Wisconsin Badgers.
Despite not getting much national attention, the Badgers have quietly gone about their business in impressive fashion. Wisconsin is 19-6 on the season, which includes a 7-1 stretch of their last eight games. Their lone loss was a 6-point setback to those same Buckeyes.
The Badgers have arguably been playing their best basketball on the road this season. Wisconsin is 8-2 SU & 7-3 ATS away from home, outscoring opponents by 7.1 points/game. Their defense has been incredible all year, limiting foes to 50.3 points on 36.8 percent shooting.
After losing in overtime to the Spartans at home in their first meeting, the Badgers will certainly be seeking revenge. Bo Ryan is 46-27 ATS revenge a loss as the coach of Wisconsin, including 12-3 ATS when revenging a close loss by 3 points or less. The Spartans are 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. Bet Wisconsin Thursday.