Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Saturday, 3/1/14, 6:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Michigan -9
Current Betting Line: Michigan -9
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Minnesota snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 95-89 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes as 3.5-point home underdogs Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 145. The Golden Gophers are 7-9 SU in Big Ten Conference play, including 2-6 mark on the road, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions. The team leads the league in averaging 7.6 steals per game, while sitting third in knocking down 74.6 percent of its shots from the charity stripe. Minnesota is 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Golden Gophers have three probable starters averaging double figures, with guard Andre Hollins leading the way at 14.8 points a contest. Minnesota is also getting a major contribution from guard DeAndre Mathieu, who is the team’s leading scorer over the last nine games in averaging 12.4 points per game in that span.
Michigan has won back-to-back games, including a 77-76 overtime victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as five-point road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests. The Wolverines are 87-65 SU all-time against the Golden Gophers and have won the last five meetings. The program is a dominating 43-4 SU at the Crisler Center over the last three seasons, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. Michigan is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Wolverines are one of the more potent offensive teams in the country, with the team being led by sophomore guard Nik Stauskas, who is averaging 16.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Michigan averages 34.5 points in the first half of games, but that number jumps to 39.8 in the final 20 minutes of play. The team is also averaging 79.8 points per game at home—leading directly to a +19.6 scoring margin in that situation.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 8-2 in the last 10 overall meetings in this rivalry.
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