Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/14/14
Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-12) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (25-6)
College Basketball: Friday March 14, 2014 6:30 PM
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Friday in Indianapolis in a Big Ten Tournament battle.
The Wisconsin Badgers finished the season in second place in the Big Ten that earned them a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin is 12-6 in the Big 10 and 3-0 in neutral site games this season. Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Sam Dekker is averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 12.4 points, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.8 points. Wisconsin is averaging 73.2 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.1 percent. Wisconsin has wins over Florida and Virginia and should be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers were put to the test on Thursday but they hung tough getting the win over Penn State to advance to this game. Minnesota is 9-10 in the Big Ten and 1-2 in neutral site games. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.6 points per game to lead the Gophers. Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.6 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Malik Smith is averaging 8.4 points. Minnesota is averaging 72 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Minnesota is a bubble team but a win here is what could get them in the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, 2-6 against the spread following a loss, and 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage better than .600. Minnesota is 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games and 3-8-1 against the spread following a win. The underdog is 4-0-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
The Badgers should win this easily.
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