Minnesota vs. Michigan Prediction
Will No. 10 Michigan continue its dominance in the Big Ten Tournament and win a 10th consecutive game in the tournament when it faces Minnesota today at 3:30PM ET?
607 Minnesota vs. 608 Michigan
Saturday, March 16, 2019
3:30PM ET – United Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Michigan is the favorite in this game, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -9.5 points against Minnesota. The over/under total is listed at 130 points. The public betting currently has 60 percent going on Michigan as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Gophers upset Purdue
Minnesota went to overtime with Penn State and won as an underdog on Thursday. Last night, the Golden Gophers upset Purdue, 75-73. The 7th-seeded Gophers have won and covered in four of their last five games. Minnesota is 21-12 on the season, 11-11 in Big Ten games, 5-0 on a neutral floor, 17-16 against the spread and 17-15-1 with the under.
The Gophers aren’t an offensive power, averaging just 71.5 points per game this season while shooting 43.8 percent as a team. Defensively, the Gophers give up just 69 points per game while holding opponents to 43.2 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is leading the team with 16.4 points per game while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest.
Michigan rolls in quarterfinal
The two-time defending tournament champs opened their 2019 tournament with a 74-53 win over Iowa on Friday for a 9th consecutive Big Ten Tournament win. The 3rd-seeded Wolverines have won and covered in three of their last four. Michigan is now 27-5 on the season, 16-5 in Big Ten games, 3-0 on a neutral floor, 18-14 against the spread and 18-13 with the under.
Michigan ranks second nationally in defense, allowing just 58.7 points per game. The Wolverines are holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting. Offensively, Michigan puts up 70.5 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent as a team. Ignas Brazdeikis is leading the team with 15 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while Jordan Poole is adding 12.9 points per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Golden Gophers are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven following a win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
The Wolverines are 38-16-1 ATS in their last 55 Big Ten games and 39-18-4 ATS in their last 61 neutral site games.
Michigan won both meetings with Minnesota this season, covering in the road win while failing to cover in a 59-57 win at home on Jan. 22. Minnesota managed to catch Purdue off guard on Friday, but I think Michigan will be more than ready for the Gophers today. The Wolverines play at another level in this tournament and you saw it yesterday against Iowa. Michigan’s defense should give Minnesota problems and the Wolverines just seem to heat up on offense this time of year.
College Basketball Prediction: Michigan -9.5