A healthy Livers is important to the Michigan Wolverines as they play host to Wisconsin on Thursday night.
Forward Isaiah Livers, who has missed time with injuries to his groin and ankle, leads Michigan in points per game with 13.6 and is shooting 44.3 percent from 3-point range and 95.1 percent at the free-throw line. The Wolverines are 13-4 straight up overall and 5-2 against the spread in conference play when Livers plays, with the non-covers coming against Illinois.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, has some of the most drastic home-road splits in the nation when it comes to 3-point shooting percentage. At home, the Badgers rank 16th in Division I at 40.2 percent. On the road, that sinks to 28.7 percent, which ranks 310th.
Not only don’t the Badgers shoot well on 3s, they don’t have a lot of rebounding. This will lead to a lot of one-and-done possessions and a rough night in Ann Arbor.
The play: Michigan, -6¹/₂.