Michigan-Minnesota Betting Preview: Can the Golden Gophers Avenge Their Loss in Ann Arbor?
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Eric Curry (24), forward Jordan Murphy (3).
Just two ranked teams take the court in Thursday’s college basketball docket, with one of them traveling to Minneapolis, as unranked Minnesota faces No. 7 Michigan.
The Golden Gophers lost a heart-breaker to the Wolverines on Jan. 22 — when Charles Matthews nailed a baseline jumper to avoid overtime and hand his team a two-point win. But Richard Pitino’s crew managed to cover in that one (+12.5).
Minnesota is a projected 10-seed on Bracket Matrix, which combines the top NCAA tournament projections to deliver a team’s average seed. But a win over the Wolverines would propel them to a single-digit seed.
Meanwhile, Michigan needs to string together a winning streak to have any shot at back-dooring its way into a top seed.
Where’s the value in this crucial Big Ten matchup? Let’s break it down.
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Michigan Wolverines at Minnesota Golden Gophers
- Spread: Michigan -5
- Over/Under: 133
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
The Wolverines (14-12 against the spread) have covered in five of their past seven games while the Golden Gophers (13-13 ATS) have done the same in six of their past eight contests.
In their last meeting, Minnesota notched 56.1% of its scoring from inside the arc. Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy — its two leading scorers — combined for 26 points from two-point territory, too.