NCAA College Basketball Pick: Michigan Wolverines vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
An absolutely huge Big Ten match-up tonight when fifth ranked Michigan Wolverines (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) travel to take on the ninth ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten). The Michigan Wolverines had their unbeaten 16 game winning streak snapped on Sunday on the road against 15th ranked OSU. Minnesota also had their 11 game winning streak snapped Saturday on the road to 5th ranked Indiana. These teams are very evenly matched so the Golden Gophers are small home favorites at BetDSI Sportsbook.
The Michigan Wolverines have beaten only one ranked team this year and that was 18th North Carolina State while at home back in November. Currently Michigan ranks 13th in the nation in scoring with 79.1 ppg, 70th in rebounding with 37.9 rpg, 36th in assists at 15.8 apg, and 4th in field goal shooting at .508 percent from the floor.
Leading the Wolverines in scoring is Sophomore Guard Trey Burke who is averaging 18 ppg, 3.1 rpg, and 7.1 apg. Junior Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. putting up 16.1 ppg, 5.4 apg, and close to 3 rpg. As usual Michigan recruits very well with one of their biggest recruits of the year being Freshman Glenn Robinson III who is averaging 12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 1.4 apg.
Minnesota lost on the road to fifth ranked Indiana 88-81 Saturday with their only other loss to fifth rank Duke which was their only loss at home. Currently they rank 37th in the country in scoring at 76.3 ppg, 20th in rebounding with 40.6 rpg, 20th in assists at 16.5 apg, and 32nd in field goal percentage shooting .470 percent from the floor.
The Golden Gophers are led in scoring by Sophomore Guard Andre Hollins putting up 14.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 3.6 apg. Second in scoring for the Gophers is Senior Forward Rodney Williams who is averaging 12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 1.8 apg. Minnesota has had trouble recruiting last season with their highest ranked recruit contributing only 3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and only averaging 8 minutes a game.
Michigan Wolverines vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Prediction:
The Michigan Wolverines are too good of a team to not take them and the points against the Minnesota Golden Golphers in this situation. Minnesota gets 23.3% of it’s points from free throws however Michigan is allowing just 11.8% of it’s opponents points to come via free throws. This is why the Michigan Wolverines will cover and could come out with a road victory against a ranked Minnesota team.