College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Michigan vs. Minnesota
The #7 Michigan Wolverines hit the road tonight to take on Big Ten rival Minnesota. The Golden
Gophers have struggled in conference play and are 5.5 games behind 1st place Michigan State, while
Michigan is just a half-game behind its in-state rival.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. Feb.21, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: Michigan Wolverines -4.5 (-110)
Michigan enters tonight’s game off of a 13-point home win over Maryland, a bounce back
performance from last week’s 6-point road upset loss to Penn State. The Wolverines are 12-3 in
conference play and have an overall record of 23-3 (14-12 ATS).
Minnesota is just 7-8 in conference play with an overall record of 17-9 (13-13 ATS). The team
picked up a big 84-63 home victory over Indiana on Saturday. That victory snapped a four-game
losing streak, a brutal stretch in which the Golden Gophers had three straight games versus ranked
The Wolverines are just 3-2 in the month of February. For their last 10 games, they are 7-3 (6-4
ATS). Michigan has been decent on the road with a mark of 5-3 (4-4 ATS) thus far, but they have
dropped three of their last five away games.
Team totals have been Under for seven of the last nine and skew that way on the season at 9-16.
Ignas Brazdeikis is the top offensive threat for Michigan. He’s averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
Charles Matthews is next up with 13.2 ppg, while Jordan Poole chips in with 12.8 ppg.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers had a pretty good start to the regular season, but they have been struggling of
late. The team is just 4-6 (6-4 ATS) over its last 10. Minnesota has fared well on its home court with
a mark of 13-2 (8-7 ATS) thus far.
Team totals have been Under for four of the last five but lean towards the middle at 12-13-1 for the
year. Amir Coffey leads the way with 15.3 ppg and 3.2 boards. Jordan Murphy is right behind him
with 15.0 ppg and a team-leading 11.9 boards.
Michigan vs. Minnesota Prediction
Michigan has won the last three in row over Minnesota and holds a dominant 9-1 edge over the last
10. The Wolverines are 7-3 ATS over that span, while totals check in at 6-4. These teams met last
month on Michigan’s home court. The Wolverines were 12-point favorites, but they failed to cover in
a close 59-57 victory.
The spread is tighter this time around with Michigan installed as 4.5-point road favorites. The
Wolverines have come back to earth somewhat since a 17-0 start to the season, but they are clearly
the better squad in this matchup. We’ll take them to get the job done on the road and cover.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick: Michigan Wolverines -4.5 (-110)