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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/22/14

Wisconsin Badgers (16-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers face off on Wednesday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-3 in Big 10 play thus far this season going 2-1 at home in conference games. Minnesota is 11-1 at home overall and 1-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Andre Hollins is averaging 16.2 points per game to lead the Golden Gophers. Austin Hollins is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.2 points and 4.4 assists, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.6 points. Minnesota is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Minnesota has played the 14th ranked schedule in the nation.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/22/14

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The Wisconsin Badgers were cruising right along but they have lost their last two games to fall to 3-2 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is 6-1 away from home and they have played the sixth ranked schedule in the country. Sam Dekker leads the Badgers averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 11.2 points. Wisconsin is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 47.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Wisconsin’s losses have both been to unranked teams.

Minnesota is 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 games, 2-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games. Wisconsin is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 0-4 against the spread following a loss, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five Wednesday games. The road team is 3-0-1 against the spread in the last four meetings of these two.

I see this one soaring over the total as both teams will try to push the pace more than normal to throwthe other out of their comfort zone. I also will have a FREE PICK on who will cover the spread and it will be the first pick on Wednesday’s 1stQuarter Podcast (1/22/14)

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Over 135 (Winning side on 1stQuarter Podcast)

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