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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/13/14

Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-8) at Wisconsin Badgers (19-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

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

The Wisconsin Badgers have won their last two games as they try and regain their footing after a midseason slide. Wisconsin is 6-5 in the Big Ten, 11-3 at home this season, and they are ranked 21st in the nation. Sam Dekker is the Badgers leading scorer averaging 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Ben Brust is averaging 13 points, Frank Kaminsky is averaging 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.8 points. Wisconsin is averaging 73 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent and defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Wisconsin is looking to get hot as March Madness nears.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/13/14

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are coming off of a home win against Indiana that ended a three game losing skid. Minnesota is 5-6 in the Big Ten, 3-6 away from home, and 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Andre Hollins leads the Gophers averaging 14.8 points per game. Austin Hollins is averaging 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.8 points, and Malik Smith is averaging 10 points. Minnesota is averaging 74.2 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Minnesota is hoping to make a late season run at the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Minnesota is 6-14-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, and 1-6-1 against the spread following a win. Minnesota has covered the point spread in four of their last five trips to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin seems to have figured out how to win again but I still don’t see that making them a likely candidate to cover the spread. 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers +8.5

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