Michigan vs. Minnesota - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-5) at Michigan Wolverines (9-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, ESPNU
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines play Saturday at the Crisler Center.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost three straight and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 79.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting and is allowing 65.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Maurice Walker is averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while Carlos Morris is averaging 12.7 points and 2.6 assists. DeAndre Mathieu is dishing out 5.7 assists and Andre Hollins is shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a quality offensive team with four double-digit scorers while they’re shooting 64.8 percent from the free throw line and 39.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing teams to shoot 33.7 percent from deep and has allowed 70 or more points in five straight games.
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The Michigan Wolverines have won three of their last four games and play their first home game of 2015. On the season, Michigan is averaging 67.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points on 44 percent shooting. Caris LeVert is averaging 14.8 points and 3.8 assists while Zak Irvin is averaging 14.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ricky Doyle is shooting 71.7 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines are trying to find their offensive groove, as they have four players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 72.1 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan is allowing teams to shoot 35.8 percent from downtown and has given up 65 points or less in five straight games.
The Golden Gophers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wolverines are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Are the Michigan Wolverines back on track and finally going to keep playing to their potential? Who knows? However, I do like Michigan at home against a Minnesota team that is also shaky in each and every game. The Wolverines in a toss up is a solid pick.