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Michigan vs. Minnesota - 3/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota vs. Michigan
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Michigan -9.5 -- Over/Under: 130
TV Channel
CBS
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NCAA BB | Minnesota vs. Michigan
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in the college basketball Big Ten Tournament at the United Center.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for another win after upsetting Purdue on Friday as eight-point underdogs. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 71.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 16.2 points and 3.3 assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 14.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Daniel Oturu is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe Kalscheur is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won three of their last four non-home games.

The Michigan Wolverines look for another win after smoking the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 70.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 58.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Ignas Brazdeikis is averaging 15 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jordan Poole is averaging 13 points and three rebounds. Charles Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Zavier Simpson is dishing 6.3 assists. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan Wolverines are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines have won four of their last six non-home games.

The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wolverines are 39-18-4 ATS in their last 61 neutral site games, 38-16-1 ATS in their last 55 vs. Big Ten and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Golden Gophers last 10 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in Wolverines last 5 overall.

The two meetings this season between Minnesota and Michigan were decided by a combined 11 points, and each of the last five meetings were decided by nine or less points. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are fresh off their biggest win of the season and are 4-2 ATS when an underdog of eight or more points. While consistency has been an issue all year for these Golden Gophers, the talent is there for them to hang in these games, especially if they continue to play defense that's allowing under 40 percent shooting in their last five games. Give me the points.

Pick:
Minnesota +9.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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