Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines face of on Thursday in a battle of two of the Big Ten’s top college basketball teams. The Golden Gophers are -3 point favorites over the Wolverines with an over/under point total set at 139.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are coming off of their second loss of the season as they fell at Indiana last Saturday but even so they are ranked number nine in the nation. Minnesota is a perfect 10-0 at home this season playing what ranks as the fourth toughest schedule in the nation thus far. As a team Minnesota is averaging 76.3 points, 16.5 assists, and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.4 points, 11.6 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.4 points, Rodney Williams is averaging is averaging 12.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Joe Coleman and Austin Hollins is averaging 10.9 points. Minnesota gamely fought back in Saturday’s loss and fell short but they are a deep and talented team.
The Michigan Wolverines are coming off of their first loss of the year as they fell to rival Ohio State on Sunday in Columbus. Michigan dropped to a number five ranking in the nation and into a five way tie for second place in the Big Ten standings. As a tea Michigan is averaging 79.1 points, 15.8 assists, and they are shooting 50.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.6 points, 12.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Trey Burke is averaging 18 points and 7.1 assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, Nik Stauskas is averaging 12.7 points, and Glenn Robinson III is averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Michigan was way down in their loss to Ohio State and just missed in the end in their comeback rally.
Minnesota is 8-0 against the spread against the Big Ten, 19-6-1 against the spread in their last 26 games overall, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record. Michigan is 6-2 against the spread in their last road games, 26-11 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 36-17 against the spread following a loss. The road team has covered the spread in the last four meetings of these two.
The total is set at 139 and I have this one sailing over that number.