Wisconsin vs. Minnesota - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-11) at Wisconsin Badgers (24-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday at the Kohl Center.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last 10 games and look for their first ranked win. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 74.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 15 points and 2.7 assists while Maurice Walker is averaging 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.6 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 66.1 percent from the line and 38.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in four of its last six games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won nine straight games and are running away with the Big Ten title. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 72.7 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 55.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Bronson Koenig is dishing 2.2 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have five players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 75.3 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 55 or less points in four straight games.
The Golden Gophers are 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Badgers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Golden Gophers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Wisconsin and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Wisconsin Badgers are by far the better team but they haven't been covering the number at all this season. As more of a fade from the Badgers, give me Minnesota and the points. The Golden Gophers are still good enough to keep this game close.