Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2) at Michigan Wolverines (9-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -7.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Crisler Center on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to build off of a huge 77-60 win over Ohio State in their last matchup to improve to 10-2 on the year. Marcus Carr leads Minnesota in scoring and assists with 22.1 PPG along with 5.9 APG to go along with 4.1 RPG while Liam Robbins has 14.2 PPG and a team-high 7.6 RPG. Both Gach has 11 PPG with 5.4 RPG and 3.1 APG and Gabe Kalscheur has chipped in 10.1 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Minnesota heading into Wednesday’s matchup. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 81.6 PPG on 42.3% shooting from the field, 30.9% from 3-point range and 75.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.5 points on 40.1% shooting from the field and 30.9% from 3-point range this season.
The Michigan Wolverines come into this one looking to stay unbeaten at 9-0 on the year after an 85-66 win over Northwestern last time out. Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 PPG and 8.1 RPG while Isaiah Livers is 2nd in scoring with 13.9 PPG, shooting 48.8% from the floor and 40.4% from 3-point range. Franz Wagner is adding 12.2 PPG and 7 RPG as the 3rd and final double-digit scorer for Michigan coming into the game on Wednesday while Eli Brooks has 9.9 PPG and 3.9 APG. Chaundee Brown has 9.7 PPG and Mike Smith is averaging 8.7 PPG and a team-high 5.2 APG this season. As a team, Michigan is averaging 82.6 PPG on 52% shooting from the field, 36.2% from 3-point range and 77.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.1 PPG on 38.1% shooting from the field and 36.1% from 3-point range this season.
Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Michigan is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Two high-powered offenses like this, my lean was towards the over at first. However, the Gophers have been a different team away from the Barn this season, as they’re averaging just 62 PPG in their two true road games against Wisconsin and Illinois. I think we’re going to be in for a defensive battle here so I’ll back the under as my free pick for this game but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.