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Minnesota Golden GophersMichigan Wolverines
18-11March 01, 2014, 06:00 | Crisler Center20-7

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Minnesota when they take on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Wolverines are 20-7 overall and 13-11-1 ATS, while the Golden Gophers are 18-11 and 11-13-2 ATS. As for the totals, Michigan boasts a 15-10 on the OU, and Minnesota is 10-15.

View Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Wolverines installed as -9-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Wolverines - Golden Gophers odds would favor the Wolverines if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan is rated No. 73 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 246.

Minnesota was a 95-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against Iowa. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Austin Hollins went off for 27 points and added 4 rebounds, leading Minnesota over Iowa, 95-89, on Tuesday at Williams Arena.

In their last action, Michigan was a 77-76 winner on the road against Purdue. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines grabbed a 77-76 win over the Boilermakers on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from Glenn Robinson III at Mackey Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan's No. 61-ranked scoring average of 75.19 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense rated No. 91 and allowing 67.93 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 47.65% to date this season, more than the Golden Gophers shooters have managed so far (44.65% per game).

A few Golden Gophers at Wolverines trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-13-1 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Michigan is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games
Michigan is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Michigan is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Penn State, Sunday, March 9th
Michigan at Illinois, Tuesday, March 4th