Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Golden Gophers versus the Wolverines? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on PEAC. The game will be played at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 151.5 points, and the Wolverines are favored to win at home vs. the Golden Gophers.

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS VS MICHIGAN WOLVERINES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Michigan Wolverines -6.5

This game will be played at Crisler Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Wolverines.
  • Not only will Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Golden Gophers Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Heading into their 14th game of the season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have a record of 10-3. In road games, they are 0-2, while at home they have gone 10-1. Up to this point, Minnesota has been solid against the spread, sitting at 10-2-1. When playing away from home, the Golden Gophers have a 1-1 record vs. the spread, while at home, they are an impressive 9-1-1 ATS.

So far, Minnesota’s games have averaged 146.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 143.2 points. Looking at the Golden Gophers’ last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 with their games averaging 150 points per game.

Minnesota’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 80 points vs. Maine. Overall, they hit 50.9% of their shots from the field and went 11/19 from the free-throw line. In terms of three-point shooting, the Golden Gophers offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 23.2 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 49%.

The Golden Gophers’ defense is presently ranked 66th nationally, allowing an average of 66.3 points per contest. The Minnesota defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 62 points and allowed Maine to connect on 11 threes.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Wolverines?

This will be Michigan’s 14th game of the season. So far, they have a 6-7 overall record. In away games, Michigan is 2-1. At home, they are 3-6. Michigan has a sub-.500 ATS record, sitting at 4-8. Over their last five games, the team is 1-4 vs. the spread.

In 13 games, Michigan comes in with an over/under mark of 10-2-0, with their games averaging 162.3 points per game. When looking at the Wolverines’ last three games, their over/under record is 3-0, with their games averaging 172 points per game.

Compared to their season average of 83.2 points per game, Michigan struggled in their previous game. Against McNeese State, the Wolverines scored 76 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 39.3%. Offensively, the Wolverines hold a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, placing them 62nd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 63rd in terms of percentage and 39th in three-pointers made.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Michigan is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 79.1 points per game (269th). Michigan will look once again to perform well on defense, holding McNeese State to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.