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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Michigan Wolverines (8-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Thursday as they open their Big Ten college basketball schedules.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers appeared to be headed towards a rebuilding year but thus far they have exceeded expectations starting the season 11-2. Minnesota has played the 67th ranked schedule and are 9-0 at home thus far. Andre Hollins leads the Golden Gophers averaging 16.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Austin Hollins is averaging 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 assists, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.8 points. Minnesota is averaging 77.4 points per game and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Minnesota’s schedule looks to rate out as the 10th toughest in the nation this year.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Michigan Wolverines started the season ranked in the top 25 but the combination of a brutal schedule and trying to replace a lot of the pieces from last season have been too much to overcome thus far. Michigan is 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 0-2 on the road having played the 77th ranked schedule. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 18.2 points per game. Glenn Robinson III is averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, Caris LaVert is averaging 13.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 7.7 points per game. Michigan is averaging 79.1 points and they are shooting 47 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor.

Minnesota is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 2-8-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games. Michigan is 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 road games, 1-6 against the spread following a win, and 1-6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

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