Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Pick
Can No. 22 Wisconsin get back on track tonight when the Badgers host Minnesota at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored at home, as the Badgers are getting odds of -8 points against Minnesota. The over/under total for the game is listed at 132.5 points. Wisconsin has won six straight in this series, including a 78-76 OT win at Minnesota on Jan. 21.
Wisconsin has really been struggling right now, losing three straight and five of its last six to drop to 22-8 on the season and 11-6 in the Big Ten. The Badgers are just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games and now sit at 12-15 against the spread on the season. Wisconsin is averaging 72.6 points per game while allowing just 62 points per game. At home, the Badgers score 75.9 points on offense while giving up just 56.2. However, over their last five game, Wisconsin is giving up 70 points per game. Bronson Koenig is averaging 14.1 points per game to lead the team while Ethan Happ is adding 14 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.
Minnesota is red hot right now, winning eight straight to get to 23-7 on the season and 11-6 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers have covered the spread in seven of the eight wins during this streak and are now 18-10 against the spread on the season. Minnesota is averaging 76.5 points per game on offense while allowing 69.1 on defense. On the road, the Gophers average just 69.6 points per game on offense. Nate Mason is averaging 15.4 points and 5.3 assists per game while Jordan Murphy is adding 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Wisconsin is giving up a lot of points for struggling as much as it is right now. Meanwhile, Minnesota has been rolling along. While the schedule has been favorable for the Gophers over the last month, they still had a 14-point win at Maryland and 9-point win at Illinois. Wisconsin has lost to similar teams at home, falling to Iowa this week and a short-handed Northwestern team a few weeks ago. I think Minnesota adds to Wisconsin’s struggles today.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA +8