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Wisconsin vs. Minnesota - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
BTN
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Kohl Center on Thursday night.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look for a win to add to their current 5-game winning streak after a 71-53 win over Mount St. Mary’s in their last outing. Dupree McBrayer led the Gophers with 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes while Amir Coffey added 13 points and Daniel Oturu chipped in 12 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Jordan Murphy added 10 points and 9 rebounds with 3 blocks of his own, falling just short of his own double-double while rounding out the scoring in double figures for Minnesota in the win. Murphy leads the Golden Gophers by averaging a double-double per game this season with team-high averages of 15.7 points and 12.6 rebounds while Isaiah Washington leads Minnesota with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 76.2 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the foul line this season.

The Wisconsin Badgers will look for a bounce back performance after falling to Western Kentucky in their last outing by a final score of 83-76. Brad Davison led the Badgers with 26 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and 4 steals while Ethan Happ came 2nd with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Khalil Iverson and D’Mitrik Trice each contributed 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Badgers in the losing effort. Happ leads the Badgers by averaging a double-double per game with 19.2 points and 10.7 rebounds in addition to a team-high 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 76.5 points per game on 49.1% shooting from the field, 39.1% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Minnesota is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 road games. Wisconsin is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This seems like a lot of points to lay given that Minnesota is a talented team that’s on a roll right now. However, the Golden Gophers are still having issues following up wins with a cover while Wisconsin no doubt wants to atone for their loss to Western Kentucky in a game that you could argue that the Badgers should’ve won. Wisconsin has also won each of the last four meetings in Wisconsin by double-digits, so I’ll lay the points with the Badgers here.

Pick:
Wisconsin -10.5

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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