Badgers vs. Golden Gophers Prediction
The 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers are small road favorites tonight at the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Can Minnesota protect its home court and send Wisconsin to a loss?
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Williams Arena at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Badgers are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 133 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, 56 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Wisconsin. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Badgers earn fifth straight win
Wisconsin improved to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in Big Ten play Friday night with a 69-61 home win over Maryland. The Badgers outscored the Terrapins 38-25 in the second half after a rough first half. Wisconsin shot 23-of-49 from the floor, 9-of-18 from 3-point range and 14-of-23 at the free throw line. Brad Davison paced the Badgers with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds and two steals. Ethan Happ filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, 11 boards, six dimes, two steals and two blocked shots. Aleem Ford added 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.
Golden Gophers fall at Boilermakers
Minnesota had its modest two-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 73-63 defeat at Purdue to drop to 16-6 overall and 6-5 in conference play. The Golden Gophers were outscored 46-35 in the second half after leading by a point at halftime. Minnesota shot 24-of-57 from the field, 2-of-16 from 3-point distance and 13-of-15 at the free throw line. Amir Coffey paced the Golden Gophers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also pulled down three rebounds. Daniel Oturu accounted for 19 points and nine boards off the bench. Jordan Murphy added 10 points, 10 assists and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Badgers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. Wisconsin is 5-0 ATS in its last five games overall.
The Golden Gophers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Big Ten games. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a straight up loss.
Wisconsin has won all five of its games on this winning streak by at least eight points and will face a Minnesota squad tonight that is weaker than its last couple opponents. The Badgers have an elite defense and a slow-paced offenses that gets the job done most nights. While this game will probably remain close throughout, the best parts of Wisconsin's game plan are likely to shine in crunch time to cover this spread.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: WISCONSIN BADGERS -2