Wolverines vs. Golden Gophers Prediction
The seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to move into a tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference standings tonight when they play at the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Will Michigan be able to avoid looking ahead with a matchup against its rivals on deck?
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Williams Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolverines are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 132.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 69 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Wolverines clamp down on Terrapins
Michigan secured a 65-52 home victory Saturday afternoon over Maryland to improve to 23-3 overall and 12-3 in conference action. The Wolverines established a 27-18 halftime advantage and continued to pull away after the break. Charles Matthews paced U-M with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He also pulled down six rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis accounted for 13 points, five boards and two assists. Zavier Simpson added 12 points, eight dimes, five rebounds and two steals. Michigan shot 25-of-59 from the field, 7-of-26 on 3-point tries and 8-of-10 at the free throw line.
Golden Gophers snap three-game skid
Minnesota cruised to an 84-63 home win over Indiana Saturday to move to 17-9 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 42-30 halftime lead on its way to the win. Minnesota shot 28-of-58 from the floor, 12-of-22 on 3-point attempts and 16-of-23 at the charity stripe. Jordan Murphy led the Golden Gophers with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting plus 9-of-13 at the free throw line. He also tallied 11 rebounds and three assists. Gabe Kalscheur registered 20 points and two rebounds. Amir Coffey had 18 points, seven assists and six caroms. Dupree MacBrayer added 10 points, three boards and three assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wolverines are 37-14-2 ATS in their last 53 Thursday games. Michigan is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 road games.
The Golden Gophers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Big Ten games. Minnesota is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games versus a team with a winning road record.
The last time the Wolverines played on the road, they lost 75-69 at Penn State. Michigan has also lost three of its last five road games straight up. With Michigan State on deck, this looks like a bad situation against a Golden Gophers team that is competent and coming off a convincing win following a stretch of games against tough opponents. Additionally, it took a basket at the buzzer for the Wolverines to down Minnesota by a count of 59-57 back on Jan. 22.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS +5