The Wolverines have successfully upheld the top spot in the Big Ten, carrying a 8-1 conference record into this matchup. Meanwhile, the Badgers were unsuccessful in their first attempt to take down Michigan this season, falling to a 23-point blowout.
The Wisconsin Badgers will hope for a better result this time around as they play on their home court.
Fixture: Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers - NCAA Men's Basketball
Date & Time: Sunday, February 14th, 2021, 1 PM ET
Venue: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Michigan Wolverines Preview
The Michigan Wolverines will be playing their first game in three weeks after the state mandated each player and coach to undergo a 14-day quarantine. With their last game being on January 22nd of this year, the Wolverines will need to shake off the rust quickly and get back in their groove.
The Michigan Wolverines have only suffered one loss thus far and are proving to be the team to beat in Big Ten play. As they hit the road for Wisconsin, the Wolverines will hope for the same offensive output they produced before the break.
Key Player - Isaiah Livers
Star senior Isaiah Livers could be the key to victory for the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday afternoon.
The 6'7" guard is averaging a career-high 14.6 points and 6 rebounds per game for the first-placed Wolverines.
In these teams' first meeting, Livers scored 13 points, with 6 rebounds and three blocks on the defensive end.
The talented senior will be hoping to keep his career season going and lead his team to victory with a big game on Sunday.
Michigan Wolverines Predicted Lineup
G Isaiah Livers, F Hunter Dickinson, G Eli Brooks, F Franz Wagner, G Mike Smith
Wisconsin Badgers Preview
The Wisconsin Badgers responded from a loss with a victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last match. The Badgers have been somewhat inconsistent, trading wins and losses with Big Ten opponents in recent weeks.
Star big man Micah Potter has been feeling the struggles as well lately, averaging just 8 points per game over his last four games. While the Badgers try to sort out their struggles, they will need to pull it together as the talented scorers of Michigan come to town.
Key Player - D'Mitrik Trice
As the Wisconsin Badgers look to fight their way back to the top of the Big Ten, they will need the leadership of senior guard D'Mitrik Trice.
Averaging a team-leading 13.5 points and 3.6 assists per game, Trice has been the driving force for the Wisconsin offense.
The 24-year-old senior has taken over the veteran role for the Wisconsin Badgers nicely, leading his team to a 15-6 overall record.
The Badgers will need a huge performance from Trice and the rest of their offense if they are going to upset the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday.
Wisconsin Badgers Predicted Lineup
F Aleem Ford, F Tyler Wahl, F Micah Potter, G D'mitrik Trice, G Brad Davison
Michigan vs Wisconsin Prediction
The Michigan Wolverines entered the top 3 for the first time this season and would certainly prefer not to lose it. The Wolverines' offense has many weapons, featuring great size in the paint and knock-down shooters in the backcourt.
The Wisconsin Badgers will undoubtedly have their hands full and need to find their rhythm quickly if they want to avoid another conference loss.
The Michigan Wolverines will have the advantage despite being on the road and should come away with their 9th Big Ten victory.
Where to watch Michigan vs Wisconsin
The game will be broadcast live on CBS.