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Minnesota favored by -2.5 against Michigan on Thursday

Michigan WolverinesMinnesota Golden Gophers
8-4January 02, 2014, 07:00 | Williams Arena11-2

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Minnesota Golden Gophers try to run the Michigan Wolverines off the court at Williams Arena in college hoops action.

The Wolverines will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 4-5-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 4-5-1 ATS. Michigan is 6-4 on the totals; Minnesota is 3-6.

View Michigan Wolverines vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Michigan before tip-off in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Gophers rated this week at No. 13 and the Wolverines sitting at No. 10.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wolverines is ranked No. 142 in NCAA hoops at 36.17 per game. Contrast that with Minnesota’s No. 94 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Minnesota is the No. 33-ranked team in the country at 8.15 per game, while Michigan rates No. 9 at 9.08 per game.

A few Wolverines at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Michigan is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Michigan is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Michigan is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Michigan's last 9 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Michigan
Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Michigan

Next up:
Michigan home to Northwestern, Sunday, January 5th
Minnesota at Purdue, Sunday, January 5th