Wednesday college basketball odds: Northwestern at No. 1 Michigan
The University of Michigan rose to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time since the Fab Five squad topped the polls early in the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines might not stay there long as they visit No. 3 Indiana on Saturday and perhaps U-M might get caught in a trap game Wednesday at Northwestern. Michigan opened as an 18.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Michigan enters off a 74-60 win at Illinois on Saturday. Trey Burke scored 19 to lead Michigan. Nik Stauskas scored 14 points and Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 12 each. The team did see starting forward Jordan Morgan leave the team in the first half with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative.
Coach John Beilein said that if Morgan is able to play Wednesday then he’ll be in the lineup. He did not hint that he’d sit Morgan just for the sake of resting him against a Wildcat team the Wolverines beat by 28 points earlier this month. Morgan has started all 20 games for the Wolverines (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) this season. If the Wolverines can manage to get by Northwestern on Wednesday, they’d certainly need the services of Morgan on Saturday — when they travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers and All-American center Cody Zeller.
If Morgan can’t play, Michigan will likely turn to either freshman Mitch McGary, sophomore Jon Horford or redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt in the starting lineup.
Northwestern (12-9, 3-5) lost 64-49 at Nebraska on Saturday. Dave Sobolewski matched his season high with 21 points and Jared Swopshire had 11 to pace the Wildcats (12-9, 3-5), who were coming off a seven-point win over No. 12 Minnesota.
When these teams met Jan. 3 in Evanston, Michigan won 94-66. Burke scored 23 points and Hardaway Jr. added 21. The Wolverinres built a 21-point halftime lead with Burke and Hardaway Jr. leading the way and were never challenged by Northwestern. Michigan shot 59.6 percent overall and made 13 of 22 3-point attempts with the two guards doing most of the damage. Morgan added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolverines.
WagerWeb.com trends: Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Wolverines are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games.