Minnesota vs. Wisconsin - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (26-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Thursday at the Williams Arena.
The Wisconsin Badgers look to keep rolling into the Big Ten tournament. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 71.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and is allowing 55.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 18.1 points and 8.3 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Bronson Koenig is dishing 2.3 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 75.1 percent from the line and 34.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in seven straight games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 73.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.7 points and four rebounds while Maurice Walker is averaging 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Carlos Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Nate Mason is dishing 2.8 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five players averaging at least 9.1 points, and they’re shooting 66.4 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Minny is allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last eight games.
The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Badgers are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Wisconsin continues to be horrible ATS and is now going into The Barn, one of the toughest places to win. I'll take my chances with the points here.