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Minnesota vs. Michigan - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Michigan at Minnesota
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Williams Arena
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Michigan Wolverines -5 -- Over/Under: 132.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Michigan Wolverines and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Williams Arena on Thursday night.

The Michigan Wolverines will look to build on a 65-52 win over Maryland in their last outing. Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds while Ignas Brazdeikis added 13 points with 3 threes and 5 rebounds and Zavier Simpson chipped in 12 points with a team-high 8 assists in the winning effort. Brazdeikis leads Michigan in scoring with 14.5 points per game while Simpson leads the Wolverines in assists with 6 helpers per game and Jon Teske leads Michigan in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Michigan is averaging 70.4 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the foul line this season. The Wolverines are also extremely tough on defense, sitting 3rd in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 57.6 points per game this season.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to build some steam after snapping a 4-game losing streak with an 84-63 win over Maryland in their last outing. Jordan Murphy led Minnesota with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a 9 of 13 mark from the foul line and 11 rebounds for the double-double while Gabe Kalscheur added 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 6 triples. Amir Coffey contributed 18 points with 3 threes, 6 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists while Dupree McBrayer added 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Minnesota in the winning effort. Coffey leads Minnesota in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Murphy leads the Golden Gophers on the glass by averaging a double-double per game with 15 points to go along with his team-high 11.9 rebounds per game this season. Isaiah Washington also leads Minnesota in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 72.6 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the 3-point line and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

Michigan is 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games against a team with a winning record and 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 conference games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Minnesota is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Michigan is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Minnesota.

Getting points at home with Minnesota is tempting, considering that the Williams Arena is one of the tougher road venues in the country. However, Michigan has had no issues over the years going into the Barn and getting the job done, as the Wolverines have covered in 7 of their last 8 trips to Minnesota. The Wolverines also have a major defensive advantage to stifle Minnesota at home, so I’ll lay the points with Michigan in what I see ending up as a double-digit Wolverine victory.

Pick:
Michigan -5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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