Betting on today’s Badgers and Golden Gophers game? Catch the action at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN, as the Golden Gophers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BTN. The Badgers come into this Big Ten conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 141.5 points.
WISCONSIN BADGERS VS MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers +3.5
This game will be played at Williams Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 23rd.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Golden Gophers.
- Not only will Minnesota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will Wisconsin Win on the Road?
Wisconsin heads into this game with a 14-4 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Badgers have been a much better team at home this season, going 12-1 compared to 2-3 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +14.1, compared to -3.6 on the road.
Wisconsin has been the favorite in 12 of their 18 games, going 10-2 in those contests. They won their last game, a 91-79 victory over Indiana, and are 4-6 in their last ten games on the road.
Wisconsin’s ATS record this season is 10-8 and they are 6-6 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Badgers are 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, Wisconsin has gone 2-3 vs. the spread this year and their last 10 road ATS mark is 3-7.
Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Wisconsin’s games this season (137.5). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0.
Wisconsin is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 91 points versus Indiana. This output is higher than their season-average of 76.5 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is AJ Storr, who is averaging 15.3 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Steven Crowl also maintains a PPG average of 12 heading into game.
So far, the Badgers’ defense is ranked 74th in the country at 67.3 points per contest. Wisconsin’s three-point defense is currently 119th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.7% of their shots vs. Wisconsin.
Are the Golden Gophers Ready for a Home Win?
Minnesota will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they host Wisconsin on Thursday. The Golden Gophers are 12-6 overall, including a 3-4 mark in Big Ten play. They have been much better at home this season, going 11-2 compared to 1-4 on the road.
So far, Minnesota has been the underdog in seven of their 18 games, going 2-5 in those contests. For the season, they are 10-1 when favored.
Minnesota’s ATS record this season is 13-4-1, and they are 10-2-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Golden Gophers have gone 6-4 ATS, including a mark of 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as the underdog.
Minnesota’s over/under record for the season is 9-9 and today’s line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (143.6). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 146 points.
In their most recent game, the Minnesota offense put up just 66 points vs. the Michigan State Spartans. Overall, they are now averaging 77.2 points per game which is 120th in the country. Leading the team in scoring was Dawson Garcia with 22 points. Mike Mitchell Jr. also added 14 points for the Golden Gophers.
At present, the Golden Gophers’ defense is nationally ranked 91st, allowing 68.4 points per game. The Minnesota defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 76 points and allowed Michigan State to connect on 3 threes.